Venezuelan’s chief prosecutor, Tarek WIlliam Saab, has stated that Luke Denman and Airan Berry, former US Green Berets, have both admitted to taking part in the failed coup plot on May 4th, which was orchestrated by a third US soldier who is still in the United States.

For their part, they have both been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after trying to set up a failed beach attack aimed at overthrowing the current President, Nicholas Maduro.

Although Saab has not put forward any details he did go on record and state that “they admitted their responsibility for the facts” and that the case will continue as their are many more defendants who need to answer for the crime.

Former Green Beret, Jordan Goudreau, who owns a private security firm in the US called Silvercorp USA, has taken responsibility for the failed coup which killed at least eight rebel soldiers and saw 66 jailed.

The sting was launched from training camps in neighboring Columbia and was named “Operation Gideon”.

Mr Saab and his colleagues said that Denman and Berry were found guilty of terrorism, conspiracy and dealing in illegal arms. The day before their sentencing was announced authorities opened the trial of six American executives who had been arrested in Venezuela over two years ago on charges of corruption.

Venezuela's President Maduro
Venezuela’s President Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, blames President Maduro for the country’s economic and social collapse whilst Maduro stated that Guaido was allowing the USA to manipulate him to get to the country’s vast oil supplies.

Operation Gideon turned into an unsuccessful attempt by Venezuelan dissidents and American private military company, Silvercorp USA, to overthrow Venezuela and unseat President Nicolás Maduro. The plan was built around entering Macuto port on 3-4 May 2020 to overcome Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetia. Then to capture President Maduro and government officials, and expunge them from Venezuela. Undercover Venezuelan agents infiltrated the coup from an early stage.

Critics, and Guaidó officials who initially contracted with Silvercorp, said “The operation was amateurish, under funded,  badly planned, and had no chance of success. It was a suicide mission.”

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