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Venezuela: Detainees for the murder of Carlos Lanz increase to 15

Caracas, Jul 11 ​​(Prensa Latina) A total of 15 people were arrested for their participation in the kidnapping and murder of professor and revolutionary militant Carlos Lanz in August 2020, Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab reported today.

In statements to the press from the headquarters of the Public Ministry, the head pointed out the victim’s wife, Maxyorisol Cumare, and the citizen Glenn Castellanos as the main intellectual co-authors of the crime, along with 11 other individuals charged with contract killings, association, corruption, simulation of a punishable act and concealment.

“The other two detainees will be presented in the next few hours and, for the moment, I reserve their names; we are looking for all the accomplices to close this cycle of investigation, the efforts are concentrated in the state of Aragua”, Saab explained.

The attorney general specified that the denunciation hearing was held the day before the Fourth Court of Crimes Related to Terrorism and Criminal Gangs, during which Cumare claimed to have hired Glenn Castellanos to commit the criminal action.

After providing this information, the accused proceeded to request and leave in writing her wish to provide information in the form of a denunciation before the court of the case, stressed the head of the Public Ministry.

Saab stressed that the more than 300 expert reports related to the case pointed suspicions towards the victim’s environment, and allowed to rule out the thesis that the prominent teacher and leftist activist had been kidnapped by foreign intelligence forces to be handed over to Colombian paramilitaries.

“Then there was talk that it was a disappearance at the government’s expense; it is unthinkable that an action like the one that occurred against Carlos Lanz comes by order given by the State,” said the senior official.

According to the investigations, Maxiorisol Cumare would have paid the sum of eight thousand dollars to Glen Castellano, with whom he had an extramarital relationship, to hire the assassins in charge of killing Lanz and making the body disappear.

According to Castellanos’ confession, Cumare “was fed up with Lanz being an obstacle to her corrupt deals with different suppliers” in handling budget items from the National Institute for Training and Socialist Education (Inces) in Maracay, Aragua state.

Recognized in political and intellectual circles as a keen student of the subject of psychological and unconventional war operations, Carlos Lanz also contributed to the configuration of the theoretical foundations of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.