|Which way to go?|
That's because it's clear that Makled will be extradited - but not whether he'll go to the U.S., which wants to try him for narcotrafficking and pump him for information about Venezuelan corruption and possible government links to terrorism, or home to Venezuela, where he'll likely recant and get a slap on the wrist.
Makled was a hugely succesfull businessman back home, where he controlled, among lots of other things, Venezuelan ports and an airline. But Makled made a fateful visit to Cucuta, Colombia, and got arrested.
|Chavez: "He's no friend of mine."|
With Colombian-Venezuelan relations warming, Colombian Pres. Santos has promised to send Makled back home. But perhaps today's scheduled meeting in Cartagena between Santos and Ven. Pres. Chavez was postponed because Santos wasn't ready to deliver Makled on a platter.
Venezuela has lots of chips to offer for Makled, including payment of debts to Colombia and the extradition of Colombian criminals who now live tranquilly in Venezuela. The U.S. has the free trade agreement, which Obama can't deliver.
|Form letter from Chavez's|
office to Makled, thanking
him for contributing to
I'm not sure why Washington is fighting so hard for this guy.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours