[Update: The Dutch confirm Carvajal will be freed and reports say he will board a Caracas-bound flight shortly. Teach your children to traffic coke, folks, it’s the only thing that pays.]
Our favorite story of the week —that which took our attention from the really important stuff— has come to an abrupt end. According to Elías Jaua – who apparently moonlights as a public information officer for the Dutch foreign ministry these days – the Kingdom of Holland approved Hugo Carvajal’s credentials as Consul and ordered his immediate release.
In short, he said that the Dutch had agreed with Venezuela’s arguments, and recognized this was a violation of the Vienna Convention. We have not been able to confirm this with any other sources so far.
This, of course, raises a bunch of questions:
- Has the US anything to say? What about the request for extradition?
- Jose Ignacio Hernandez explained at Prodavinci that immunity alone would not suffice to protect Carvajal if the reason for his detention was not related to his functions as head of the Venezuelan Consulate in Aruba. Then, why would the Dutch just go with Venezuela’s lame arguments to release the man?
- Does everybody fear Diosdado? (Damn!)
- Is dealing drugs ok now?
President Nicolas Maduro said they would send a special commission to collect Carvajal. I bet he’d rather stay in Aruba. Diosdado, on his (Bona)part, promised they would find the people responsible for El Pollo’s kidnapping.
Disclaimer: this is all based on what Elias Jaua said on national TV (so there is a big chance it is a bunch of horseshit), there hasn’t been official confirmation from the Dutch government.