Hugo Chavez and ETA
By Aleksander Boyd
Caracas 03.10.06 | Interestingly the international press picked up the comment made yesterday by opposition candidate Manuel Rosales regarding a member of Basque terrorist group ETA who works for the Chavez regime. Rosales' statement came after a question posed by the journalist of Radio Nacional de España. ETA terrorist Jose Arturo Cubillas Fontan arrived in Venezuela in May 1989 according to Spain's Interior Ministry. Associated Press reported from Madrid on 28 September:
Cubillas, who as a member of ETA's "Comando Oker" took part in the assassination of Frenchmen Joseph Couchot and Spaniards Angel Facal Soto and Máximo García Kleinte (policeman), complained in 2003 that he was being harassed in Venezuela by Spanish police forces.
Cubillas married Venezuelan of Basque descent Goizeder Odriozola. For that reason he has Venezuelan citizenship. Its worth bearing in mind that terrorist Rodrigo Granda of Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) claimed that his deportation to Colombia -after his capture in Caracas- was illegal for he was a Venezuelan citizen.
Venezuelan officials argue that no ETA member works for the Chavez regime. However Cubillas' wife -Goizeder Odriozola- has had different position within the current administration, the latest being director of Hugo Chavez' presidential office. Before this Odriozola was in charge of information and public relations in the Agriculture Ministry where her husband is working since October 2005. Will anyone believe that Mrs. Cubillas is unaware of the background of her husband and in light of it how come she got an ETA terrorist a job as a civil servant? How come Hugo Chavez has the wife of an ETA terrorist working directly with him?
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