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Statement of the OAS General Secretariat on Charges against Adel El Zabayar

  May 29, 2020

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) takes note of the content of the accusation against Adel El Zabayar, former member of the National Assembly of Venezuela, by authorities of the Southern District of New York and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

El Zabayar was accused of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, conspiring to import cocaine and two charges related to weapons, it is said that at the request of the dictatorship, in 2014 El Zabayar obtained anti-tank rocket launch ramps as partial payment for cocaine provided by the FARC of Colombia.

The charges detail that the Cartel de los Soles - a network of Nicolás Maduro regime officials involved in drug trafficking activities - sought to recruit Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists in support of carrying out attacks in the United States. It is also alleged that authorities of the Bolivarian regime instructed El Zabayar to travel to Syria and Palestine to obtain weapons and to recruit members of Hezbollah and Hamas to train them in Venezuela.

Once again, evidence is emerging about the involvement of the fundamentalist regime in Iran with the Maduro dictatorship in alliance with regional and extra-regional terrorist organizations. This is especially troubling in light of the increasing presence of Iranian ships in Venezuela and the Caribbean Sea. The Venezuelan dictatorship is responsible for colluding with these criminal entities.

Tehran continues to be a serious threat to peace and security in the Western Hemisphere, supporting terrorist groups and their sources of financing for drug trafficking destabilize the region and our democracies. Hosting these criminal organizations, the Maduro regime is complicit in its crimes.

The presence of fundamentalist terrorism in the Americas is not new, as evidenced by the attack against AMIA in Buenos Aires in 1994, an attack for which those responsible remain unpunished since the Iranian regime has refused to cooperate with the Argentine justice system. the one that has permanently evaded.

The OAS General Secretariat calls on the governments of the region to remain alert to this serious situation.

Reference: E-054/20