The Carvajal plot thickens

The plane! The plane!

Venezuelan consuls can afford private plane rides to exotic locales.

The international press is going to town with this story. Three pieces stand out …

ABC’s Emili J. Blasco (the well-sourced Washington correspondent with the juicy details on Hugo Chávez’s illness) says sources in Washington confirm Carvajal was the “main figure” in the drug-running operation set up between the FARC, the Venezuelan military, and Hugo Chávez himself. In fact, Carvajal apparently came to Aruba in a private plane leased by an associate of Rafael Ramírez, a man named Roberto Rincón who lives in Texas, according to Alek Boyd and other sources. The money quote:

The general came to Aruba in a plane that belongs to an associate of Rafael Ramírez, president of the oil company. Besides, they point to the extraordinary information Carvajal can provide regarding the relationship of Chávez’s Venezuela with Hezbollah and Iran. “It’s like Pablo Escobar and Vladimiro Montesinos rolled into one, an intelligence chief who is also a druglord,” claim the sources.

Colombia’s Semana also mentions the Iran angle, but mostly they focus on Carvajal’s more-than-cozy relationship with the FARC. They claim Carvajal provided the FARC with war weaponry, pointing to an old case regarding a Swedish company, who sold equipment to Venezuela and it ended up in the hands of the FARC. This information was corroborated via the Reyes laptop (remember that?). The money quote:

The obvious question is how those weapons left Venezuela’s army headquarters and landed in the FARC camps. The answer was found in Raúl Reyes’ computers, found in his camp after he was killed in an army raid. In the computers, whose authenticity has been certified by Interpol, there is evidence that General Carvajal was the supplier of the weaponry.

Finally, legal analyst José Ignacio Hernández ponders for Prodavinci the question of whether or not Carvajal has diplomatic immunity. The bottom line: consuls have limited immunity, and the Vienna Convention really does not apply to this case. The money quote:

… immunity of jurisdiction is extended to all consular em

Finallployees, whose appointment does not require, as a rule, the acceptance of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It could have been that Carvajal had not been officially annointed consul, but he was a consular employee, in which case he could benefit from immunity according to article 43 of the Vienna Convention.

However, immunity of jurisdiction is not a carte blanche. This type of immunity only applies to “actions executed in the exercise of consular duties.” It does not seem as though Carvajal’s detention has anything to do with his consular duties.

Finally, Quico wrote about Carvajal’s mysterious disappearance two years ago. Remember this?

25 thoughts on “The Carvajal plot thickens

  1. The question that lingers is: can you legally detain a Diplomatic-Passport-carrying person (however cockamamie the country that emitted such a document may be)?


    • I think this section answers your question:
      “immunity of jurisdiction is not a carte blanche. This type of immunity only applies to “actions executed in the exercise of consular duties.” It does not seem as though Carvajal’s detention has anything to do with his consular duties.”


  2. I just can’t imagine Carvajal will be sent now to the United States now.
    That would be too good to be true.

    Why would Ramírez actually cancel the trip? Not “to protest”, not “because it was an embarrassment”.
    What about this?

    Imagine the Maduro government tells the US Americans now they won’t sell Citgo to them but to the Chinese.


    • The chinese have been trying to buy oil companies in the US, but they have faced the frontal oppositon of US Congress, because investments from foreign countrie in US, requires Congress acceptance, before the operation be made. In 2005, this happens when UNOCAL in California, was going to be bought by Chinese Oil Corp.


      • No, there is no such rule. There may be concerns on the part of the antitrust enforcers, or the Securities and Exchange Commission; if the company is a military supplier there could be Defense department issues. There are restrictions on foreign ownership of American radio and televisions stations, which is why Rupert Murdoch became a U.S. citizen.

        But there is no requirement for explicit permission for foreigners to invest in the U.S. Right now, a Chinese property magnate is proposing a building that would be the third largest in Chicago. The French media conglomerate Vivendi started out as a water utility, and acquired some trash collection operations in the U.S. (They picked up my trash for a few years.) No Congressional approval was required when Daimler Benz bought Chrysler some years back, nor (after Daimler sold it) when Chrysler was acquired by Fiat. Nor when Anheuser-Busch was acquired by InBev.


  3. In Canada, Chinese investment have been accepted in the Alberta Oil Sands, not without concerns for sure.
    After all, where there is a strong rule of law and functioning courts to settle issues that arise from normal business endeavour, there is a need for investment and an opportunity for profit.

    Not sure why would the US be so protective of their energy industry.

    In Venezuela, the chavista era privatized the energy industry to foreign interests, and spent the money en putas y alcohol. (and arms, and subsidies to Cuba, and a worldwide patronage and propaganda drive….)

    Time to wake up and realize the mess Venezuela is!
    BTW is there an opposition in Venezuela making any discourse on this matters….?


    • There are laws in the US which allow US Congress to block the purchase by foreign interests of certain businesses for reasons related to national security and the like . The unocal incident reported above is absolutely true . Thing is Im not sure that the Chineses would be interested in buying Citgo if the purchase is not tied to a steady supply of venezuelan heavy crude and even then their main priority is always to supply the needs of their own country not those of the US. Mexico would probably make a better buyer .


    • Yeah, I know some reporters like that myself!!! The problem so far on this story is that everyone’s saying he arrived on N9GY but nobody can say where that info comes from. The Aruban airport authority, prosecutor and general aviation FBO are all refusing to comment. Bocaranda and some random tweeters say that it was N9GY but nobody has revealed a source. We need solid info here or we’re just linking the Rincóns to this situation without information. Much as I’d like to publish my Rincón material I am not going to connect them to this situation without something a bit more than some dude on the internet making an unsourced claim.


  4. It would be a great trial to see. They broadcast trials in Florida no? It just would be too good to be true. The whole panorama laid out, right up to the Comandante Eterno.

    Some deal happened and the extradition is for deniability or something, and this will all go into oblivion and a witness prttection program or something, I just know it. One can only dream. The robolucion will not be televised.


  5. The extradition of Carvajal will likely become another opportunity for the regime to create a first class international scandal to distract peoples attention from the countries internal woes and redirect it against an external enemy . The measure will of course be loud , braying and full of bragadocio the better to show off their imaginary geopolitical muscle. The likely targets the Netherlands and or the US. They have to be careful of not taking actions against Aruba or Curacao ( percieved as Dutch dependencies even if nowadays politically autonomous) because of the ruckus it can create among their Caricom allies hurting their standing in many international forums .

    I say this because they almost inmmediately cut flight connections with Aruba and Curacao but later thought better of it and restored the connections. !!


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