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  • US imposes sanctions on new Vice-President of Venezuela accusing of involvement in drug trafficking

    Published on February 14, 2017


    Washington: The US has imposed sanctions on the new Vice-President of Venezuela, accusing him of involvement in international drug trafficking. The order adds Tareck el-Aissami to the US narcotics “kingpin” sanctions list for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.

    Sanctions were also slapped on wealthy businessman Samark Bello, described as Mr Aissami’s primary frontman. Mr Aissami was appointed last month by President Nicolas Maduro. There was no immediate response from him or Mr Bello but Mr Aissami has previously denied criminal ties. The sanctions freeze the Vice-President’s assets in the US and bar him from entering the country.


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