was a badly-kept secret that the long arm of Colombian entrepreneur Alex Nain
Saab Moran ?one
of the main contractors of the Government of Nicolas Maduro, sanctioned in July
by the Trump Administration along with his partner Alvaro Pulido for their
participation in the scheme of imports for the state program of the Local Supply
and Production Committee (CLAP), prosecuted in Florida for Money Laundering and
investigated in other jurisdictions for the opacity of their
had entered the National Assembly (NA), controlled by the Venezuelan opposition
and declared in contempt by the Chavismo, to reach some deputies and
control their actions.
alarms went off when Jose Guerra, a member of the Justice First (PJ – Primero
Justicia) party, warned on a November 6 tweet, without further details, that
what he called the Green Briefcase Operation to buy some of his colleagues was
in motion. The announce gained strength a few days later when other documents
allegedly signed in 2018 by deputies of the Comptroller’s Commission circulated
on Twitter to blame Saab. Some described them as apocryphal, and the Attorney
General in exile, Luisa Ortega Diaz, one of the alleged recipients, denied
having received them.
was the case until now.
and communications, which Armando.info had access to, reveal that since early
2018, a plot has been hatching to grant indulgences to those responsible for the negotiations on the supply of
imports for CLAP combos. The scheme includes several opposition
deputies, some of them are members of the Comptroller’s Commission of the
national parliament, which is in practice the only anti-corruption agency in
Venezuela with autonomy from the ruling Chavism.
on the documents available, two names are key to understanding this
the parliament members’ corner, Luis Eduardo Parra Rivero, a PJ deputy of the
State of Yaracuy, member of the Environment Commission.
counterpart on the other corner, Carlos Rolando Lizcano Manrique. Lizcano is
also a Colombian entrepreneur, like the duo of Saab and Pulido, and acts under
their orders. He appears in the papers as owner
of Salva Foods 2015, the company managing CLAP Stores,
after some sort of undercover privatization of the extinct state network known
as Abastos Bicentenario that took place between 2016 and 2017 with the blessing
of Nicolas Maduro.