Panama says accusing Santos of assassination attempt with no evidence is "irresponsible"

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  • Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:12
Atenta Maduro
  • EFE

The Government of Panama said today accusing former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos of the failed assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is "irresponsible" and said he should wait until the end of the investigation to determine if it was finally a terrorist act.

"Until a formal investigation is conducted, we believe that President Maduro is not acting responsibly by accusing former President Santos of that incident," said Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela.

Varela told reporters the investigation will conclude "if the incident was really an attempt and if there is really a person responsible for that".

It is the first time that the Panamanian Government refers to the failed assassination attempt against President Maduro occurred last Saturday during a ceremony with military troops on a large avenue in Caracas where two drones exploded, leaving 7 injured.

"On the one hand we condemn violence but on the other hand we also condemn that baseless accusations are being made against heads of state," said Varela.

Maduro blamed the events on "the Venezuelan extreme right wing in alliance with the Colombian extreme right wing", and assured "the name of Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack".

The chavistas also accused the opposition deputies Julio Borges and Juan Requesens, whose immunity was lifted Wednesday by the ruling National Constituent Assembly, which is not recognized by many governments of the world.

According to the Venezuelan Prosecutor's Office, at least 19 people are involved in the attack, leading to the arrest of 7 people, including Requesens. Borges is in Colombia but has an arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela.

Panama is part of the so-called Group of Lima, composed of a dozen countries in the continent that reject the Venezuelan elections of May 20, in which Maduro was re-elected, and condemns the southern president to thwart the entry of humanitarian aid into the country.


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