The former director of Venezuelan intelligence services (Sebin) is a “traitor” who supported the organization of a “coup”, denounced Friday the President-in-Office, Nicolas Maduro.
In an address broadcast by state television, Nicolas Maduro accused Manuel Cristopher Figuera, who was the head of the Sebin until last Tuesday, to have contributed to the attempted uprising on April 30.
Maduro renewed his confidence in his defense minister, Vladimir Padrino, and in the chief of the Supreme Court, Maikel Moreno. According to Washington, which supports self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido, these two men have been discussing with the opposition plans to oust Nicolas Maduro.
“He left his troops alone, he fled in the early hours of the morning,” said Maduro about the former chief of intelligence. “He is still in hiding and the last time he spoke to me, he said,” My commander-in-chief, I recognize your presidency. ”
Manuel Cristopher Figuera on Thursday shared a video in which he calls on Venezuelans to “build a new state” and fight corruption. On Tuesday, Washington lifted all the sanctions on the former head of the intelligence services to incite other Venezuelan generals to turn their back on the socialist leader.
“We have been in touch with General Cristopher,” an official in the US administration said, speaking on condition of anonymity in front of reporters.
The latter said that Manuel Cristopher Figuera had contributed to the release of the opponent Leopoldo Lopez, who was under house arrest. Since then, he has fled to the Spanish embassy in Caracas not to be arrested.