It appears that Walid will be coming home soon.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed that he personally promised President Hugo Chavez that Walid Makled would be extradited to Venezuela instead of the United States.
Makled warned in another interview with Casto Ocando, the Miami Herald reporter who now writes for El Nacional, that he is taking precautions to preserve his life by distributing to numerous friends his documented evidence against dozens of Bolivarian regime military and civilian satraps.
Makled threatens that if anything happens to him (i.e. if he gets whacked), his “evidence” against the bad guys will see the light of day.
Makled is a fool.
Immediately that Makled is returned to Venezuela he likely will be jailed in total isolation at Sebin (formerly Disip) or DGIM (military intelligence).
Makled almost certainly will be interrogated very aggressively by his Bolivarian jailers, whose chief concern will be locating and confiscating all of the evidence that Makled claims to possess.
If Makled doesn’t spill the beans, it’s certain that he will be tortured with electricity, water boarding, drugs and even beatings where the pain is excruciating but the bruises don’t show.
Aggressive interrogations are the bread and butter of Sebin, DGIM, CICPC and other “law enforcement” entities in Venezuela.
In Venezuela there’s no such thing as Miranda rights or human rights when the Bolivarian security establishment gets its claws into your flesh.
Makled will sing like a flock of canaries to his Bolivarian jailers. But they won’t be looking for evidence to prosecute any of Makled’s military and political business associates.
Makled will be forced to talk so that an effective, permanent cover-up can be put in place.
It’s public record that many officials in Bolivarian military, security and intelligence entities are actively engaged in drug trafficking, kidnapping and money laundering.
This isn’t idle speculation. My “compadre” – a Colonel in the Bolivarian army – looks for kidnapped people “extra-officially” in Venezuela.
He tells me that of the nearly 30 abductions that he has worked since 2005, at least 25 involved individuals on active duty with Sebin (ex-Disip), DIM, the National Guard, CICPC, PoliCaracas, the Metropolitan Police and other police agencies.
The majority of the express kidnappings carried out in the Greater Caracas Area involve the active participation of law enforcement officials, he adds.
Perhaps Chavez will surprise everyone and leverage Makled to hang dozens of corrupt generals and admirals.
However, that’s an unlikely scenario given that Chavez today is ascending General Henry Rangel Silva to the rank of general-in-chief, with four “soles.”
Chavez wants to remain in power, and he needs uniformed gangsters like Rangel Silva to extend the longevity of his failed revolution.
Chavez also lacks the “cojones” to take down the gangster generals that surround him.
Chavez talks a mean fight, but the possibility that he might suffer a scratch makes him faint with fright.
The US government certainly will protest Makled’s extradition to Venezuela instead of the US.
The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the DEA administrator certainly will be disappointed.
This duo was counting on a “Big Trial” and a conviction of the “king among drug kingpins” to further their careers and increase their annual budgets. If you doubt this, Google the DEA’s official budget request for 2011.
Also to be expected are complaints from some quarters that Santos has “betrayed” the US and threats that US-Colombia relations will be harmed.
Roger Noriega recently penned an article hinting that there could be unpleasant repercussions for Colombia if Makled is sent to Venezuela instead of the US.
But perhaps the Colombian high court will decide that Makled should be extradited to the US instead of Venezuela.
President Santos then could argue that, legally, the issue is out of his presidential hands.
“Hugo my new best friend,” Santos might say apologetically by telephone to Chavez, “I really did everything in my power to keep my personal promise to you, but Colombia’s judiciary is independent and I cannot illegally ignore a court ruling. Colombia is a democracy where the separation of powers and the rule of law are inviolable.”
But, personally, I’d bet on Makled returning to Caracas very soon.
Colombia’s high court in recent months ruled that the US-Colombia base use agreement and the US-Colombia extradition treaty are both illegal/unconstitutional.
Legal sources in Caracas and Bogota also agree that the Chavez government has a stronger legal claim for Makled than the US has.