[News] Venezuela Opposition lawyer killed in shoot-out
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Tue Nov 23 15:38:56 EST 2004
Opposition lawyer shot dead in downtown Caracas shoot-out with police officers
Lawyer Antonio Lopez has been shot dead in a shoot-out with police officers
who were attempting to arrest him as a suspect in the last Thursday slaying
of Venezuelan state prosecutor Danilo Anderson.
Police chief Henry Zerpa says police officers attempted to detain Lopez who
drew a gun and began firing at the cops. Two police agents were wounded in
the shootout close to Plaza Venezuela in downtown Caracas.
* Late last week, Lopez had reportedly gone into hiding and was
actively sought by National Crime Squad (CICPC) detectives investigating
the assassination of state prosecutor Danilo Anderson (38) last Thursday
Anderson died in a fireball after some 250 grams of C-4 explosives were
detonated under his Toyota 4WD ... the government has already said the
cold-blooded killing may have been aimed at preventing Anderson's
prosecution of opposition supporters involved in an April 2002 coup d'etat
against President Hugo Chavez which saw US-backed Dictator for a Day Pedro
Carmona Estanga seize power.
Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez has told the media that investigators
have already traced a vehicle used by Anderson's attackers who used C-4
military explosives and a wireless trigger device to detonate two bombs
under Anderson's Toyota.
Interior & Justice (MIJ) Minister Jesse Chacon said National Crime Squad
(CICPC) detectives had traced a series of telephone calls which have helped
identify suspects, including Lopez.
Anderson had been investigating some 400 opposition supporters who had lent
their signatures to a coup decree backing the US puppet dictator who took
power during the brief coup against Chavez. Anderson had already announced
that he was investigated the opposition's former Metropolitan Caracas Mayor
Alfredo Pena (who still remains in hiding) and eight policemen for
shootings during an opposition march, as well as some 59 rebel military
Some of those rebel officers are already implicated in the last year
bombings of the Colombian Consulate and the Spanish Embassy in Caracas as
well as the Teleport building HQ of a Carter Center/OAS 'Friends of
Venezuela' negotiating team.
Venezuela has repeatedly asked the United States to extradite three rebel
officers cited in Venezuelan court proceedings to answer charges of having
orchestrated the bombings. Chacon says "I hope the US government believes
that terrorism must be fought and extradites them back to Venezuelan
jurisdiction ... the United States should wholeheartedly support
Venezuela's efforts against terrorism."
In update news: It is understood that one of the two CICPC officers wounded
in the gun battle with Lopez has just died. Police found guns, grenades and
explosives in Lopez' car and further caches at his residence. The dead
policeman has just been named as Alberto Pavon. He died in a Caracas
hospital this afternoon.
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