Guyana detains Muslim cleric and spokesman for Louis Farrakhan on suspicion of ties to drugs and terrorism

May 19, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Police say that U.S. Muslim cleric Akbar Muhammad has been detained in the South American country of Guyana on suspicion of ties to drugs and terrorism.

Assistant Police Commissioner Seelal Persaud says officers raided the Princess Hotel in the capital of Georgetown Thursday and took Muhammad for questioning.
Persaud says police were acting on information that allegedly ties Muhammad to drugs and terrorism. He declined further comment.
Muhammad is a spokesman for Minister Louis Farrakhan.
It is unclear if U.S. federal authorities are investigating Muhammad. The FBI did not return a message seeking comment.
The Illinois-based Nation of Islam National Center also did not return a call for comment.

I wonder if we could of gotten that information from Walid Makled?


Colombia extradites Venezuela ‘drug lord’ Walid Makled

May 10, 2011
Media_httpnewsbbcimgc_nacvjThey are going to kill this poor shmuck. He knows too much about Hezbollah’s game in South America to fund their murder in Israel. The murder charge is probably a set up so they can condemn him to a quick death sentence. The United States knows this. That is why they were so upset with Columbia for cooperating… or perhaps Columbia is cooperating because Hezbollah’s game is down there too. Whatever the reason… this guy is as good as dead. I feel bad for him. This guy is a fall guy… and our State Department knows it. a Patsy! The information this guy could of shared would of saved thousands of lives.

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Hizballah in Venezuela: The Man Who Knows Too Much

Colombia has sent an alleged Venezuelan drugs kingpin back to his home country, in a further sign of improved ties between the two nations. Walid Makled, arrested last year, was also wanted by Washington to face cocaine smuggling charges. Mr Makled alleged that Venezuelan officials helped his trafficking operations, charges they denied. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos had promised Venezuela that Mr Makled would be returned. Mr Santos said the Venezuelan extradition request had arrived before the one from the US authorities. Wanted for murder Mr Makled, wearing a dark suit and in handcuffs, was handed over to Venezuelan officials at Bogota airport on Monday morning local time and flown back to Venezuela. Mr Makled, known as The Turk, was a successful businessman in Venezuela whose family owned an airline, a transport company and several warehouses.

He went into hiding in 2008 when his brothers were arrested after large quantities of cocaine were found at a family ranch. He was arrested in Colombia last August.
The US authorities say he was one of the biggest drug traffickers in the world.
In Venezuela, he is also wanted for the murder of a journalist and a Colombian drug lord. He has denied the charges, saying the authorities framed him in order to seize his businesses. Mr Makled’s case became a political issue in Venezuela when he alleged in interviews from prison that he paid millions of dollars to senior figures in the government. Officials dismissed his claims as an attempt to avoid prosecution. via bbc.co.uk



Hizballah in Venezuela: The Man Who Knows Too Much

April 18, 2011
Media_httpwwwelpaisco_iiediObama has destroyed the ability to influence it’s allies. note Columbia will not extradite a Syrian drug lord to the U.S…. even though he wants to go… because he has information on Hezbollah selling drugs with Chavistan help. not just low level. Chavez wants to torture and kill this Syrian so Walid Makled doesn’t rat him out.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s biggest problem was named Walid Makled. The Colombian government just confirmed, however, in an announcement from its Minister of the Interior and Justice, Hermán Vargas, that Venezuelan drug trafficker Walid Makled — wanted by both Washington and Caracas — will be extradited to Venezuela, not to Washington as the US had hoped.
This is a big victory of Venezuela over the US. Colombia, which had been the main ally of the US in Latin America, had good reason to feel abandoned by the Obama Administration and preferred to pursue its own interest with Venezuela. The Obama administration has still not ratified the free-trade agreements with Colombia; and President Obama avoided visiting Colombia on his recent, first Latin American tour.
Makled made it clear that he wanted to be extradited to the U.S., and has said he would give answers to most questions only to the U.S. prosecutor. Given the policy of rapprochement between the two Latin American countries, however, it seems that the Colombian government preferred to extradite Makled to Venezuela, where the wealth of information that Makled could have provided on drug trafficking, on Chavez’s links with terrorism and on Hezbollah’s operations in South America will be lost for good. The Venezuelan regime can now easily “silence” the drug kingpin, who fears for his life.
Makled, alias “El Arabe,” a Syrian-born Venezuelan citizen, labelled by the U.S. government one of the world’s top three drug kingpins, was arrested in Colombia last August in a joint operation of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Colombian police. Ever since, he has become the object of battle between the United States and Venezuela: both countries were asking for Makled’s extradition to their soil.
Makled, whom the US Drug Enforcement Agency has accused of shipping up to 10 tons of cocaine a month from Venezuela to the United States, acknowledged bribing and collaborating with highest officials of Venezuela’s government — including the general-in-chief, the head of military intelligence, the commander of the Navy and some 40 generals.
In the many interviews Makled has given from his prison in Colombia, he says he has videotapes and other evidence documenting his transactions with Venezuelan generals and senior government officials, provincial governors, members of Venezuelan Congress, cabinet secretaries. He describes making payments of about $1 million a month to Venezuelan high-ranking civilian and military officials. “If I am a drug trafficker, everyone in the Chavez government is drug trafficker,” Makled has said.
Further, Makled claims to have information on Chavez’s help to Hezbollah and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups operating in the Venezuelan soil. Makled stated in an interview that Hezbollah is “absolutely” active in Venezuela. He also has information on the flights between Venezuela and Teheran — a serious source of concern for the US.
As the Washington Post puts it: “The Obama administration is about to lose an extraordinary opportunity to prosecute one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers. It will fail to break up a network that annually smuggles hundreds of tons of cocaine to the United States. And it will miss delivering a devastating blow to the most dedicated U.S. adversary in Latin America, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.”

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Obama pisses off allies. Why would Columbia cooperate with him?