Eladio Aponte is making a deal with the US authorities.
The former Supreme Court Justice, former chief of the Supreme Court’s Penal Court, coronel in the Bolivarian army of Venezuela, a high-ranking insider privy to many of the Chavez regime’s blackest secrets and practices currently is being debriefed in the US by the DEA, Homeland Security, and other US federal law enforcement and anti-terrorism entities, according to published reports.
In an interview broadcast this week by Miami-based SOiTV, which is funded by exiled Venezuelan banker Eligio Cedeno, Aponte accused Vice President Elias Jaua, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, Attorney General Luis Ortega Diaz, Supreme Court chief justice Luis Estella Morales and other senior Chavez regime officials of holding weekly meetings in Miraflores to rig judicial proceedings according to the president’s dictates.
Aponte also said that while he served as a Supreme Court justice he received calls from President Chavez, current Defense Minister Henry Rangel Silva and former Disip chief “ El Pollo” Carvajal, who reportedly is now in Havana, with instructions on how to rule in cases before the high court.
But that’s just the tip of Aponte’s unfolding memoirs.
Aponte also was THE Supreme Court justice who explicitly looked after the interests of the narco-generals and civilian drug traffickers like Walid Makled.
During the SOiTV interview, Aponte downplayed his own criminal responsibility in the growth of the narco-state that prospers parasitically inside the bowels of the Bolivarian regime and armed forces.
But Aponte spent years in the middle of the Bolivarian military narco-corruption and systemic judicial abuses perpetrated at the explicit direction of President Chavez.
Eladio Aponte could speed up the downfall of the Bolivarian narco-regime like Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles accelerated the end of the Brownsville Boys aka Murder Inc. in the 1940s, with one big difference.
Eladio likely won’t be silenced by flying out of a high-rise window like ‘Kid Twist’ Reles.
The US has him, and Aponte is talking.
Aponte reportedly fled with many boxes of files and documents showing where beaucoup bodies are buried.
Aponte reportedly can tie President Chavez and many of his top associates, like Cabello and General Cliver Alcala, directly to drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises.
It’s also reported that before Aponte fled Costa Rica aboard a DEA aircraft, under US protection, that a group of Cuban G2 operatives and Venezuelan army personnel tried to locate and abduct Aponte back to Venezuela – if not kill him in Costa Rica.
The tale of Aponte’s escape from Costa Rica with Cuban and Venezuelan intelligence personnel at his heels sounds incredible, except for the fact that two generals and longtime Chavez associates were assassinated by gunmen in the past month, including one this week.
My sources in the Army suspect that the orders to assassinate generals Aguilarte and Moreno may have come from very high up in the regime, possibly from Cabello. They expect that more generals could be murdered soon.
“They’re cleaning house, eliminating the weakest links with the most damning evidence against everyone else,” the colonel speculates.
The Chavez regime is hugely spooked by Aponte’s escape from Venezuela and his defection to the US. There’s no telling what Aponte will say, much he can prove with documents, and which senior regime figures it could affect in terms of future US federal indictments.
Chavez was able to get Walid Makled back in Venezuela, and currently is trying him in secrecy. But Aponte got away, and the US won’t return the former Supreme Court narco-judge to Chavez.
The senior chavistas most likely to be affected by Aponte’s information were the first to denounce his allegations as a US conspiracy, including Diosdado Cabello, General Cliver Alcala, Elias Jaua, PSUV deputy Pedro Carreno, Attorney General Luisa Ortega, and Interior/Justice Minister Tarek al-Assaimi.
Yesterday AG prosecutor Daisy Bolívar formally gave Interpol’s Caracas office an arrest warrant against Aponte, with a formal request for his inclusion on Interpol’s global red alert wanted list of international fugitives.
However, as of today Aponte has not been charged formally with any crimes, and there are no active police or judicial criminal investigations under way against Aponte anywhere in Venezuela.