Major Eliecer Otaiza, the former chief of Venezuela’s intelligence service and historical figure of the Chavista movement, was assassinated on 25 April 2014, officials have revealed.
His body was found with four gunshot wounds in the suburbs of Caracas. He carried no identity document, which slowed down the work of the police.
Mitstreiter von Hugo Chávez: Eliécer Otaiza ermordet
In Baruta, einem Mittelschichtsviertel der venezolanischen Hauptstadt Caracas, ist ein langjähriger Mitstreiter des im vergangenen Jahr verstorbenen venezolanischen Präsidenten Hugo Chávez, Eliécer Otaiza, tot aufgefunden worden. Innenminister Miguel Rodríguez Torres informierte am Montag (Ortszeit) im staatlichen Fernsehen VTV, der Stadtratsvorsitzende des Bezirks Libertador in Caracas sei mit vier Schüssen ermordet worden. Die Hintergründe des Verbrechens sind noch völlig unklar. Die Polizei geht bislang von einem Raubüberfall aus, aber auch politische Motive werden nicht ausgeschlossen.
»Lebend gesehen wurde er zuletzt am Freitag in Turgua im Bundesstaat Miranda während eines Treffens mit Freunden. Seit dieser Begegnung wußte niemand mehr etwas von ihm«, erläuterte der Minister. Beamte der Lokalpolizei von Baruta hätten auch das Fahrzeug Otaizas entdeckt, das ebenfalls ein Einschußloch aufwies.
Der Offizier Eliécer Otaiza gehörte im Vorfeld des von Hugo Chávez am 4. Februar 1992 geführten Aufstands gegen die damalige venezolanische Regierung zu dessen illegaler Revolutionären Bolivarischen Bewegung (MBR-200). Nach dem Regierungsantritt von Chávez 1999 übernahm Otaiza die Leitung des inzwischen aufgelösten Geheimdienstes DISIP und später des Nationalinstituts für Grund und Boden (INTI).
Venezuelas Präsident Nicolás Maduro würdigte den Ermordeten als »Soldaten des Heimatlandes« und ordnete umfassende Ermittlungen an. Parlamentspräsident Diosdado Cabello, der Otaiza seit 1983 kannte, erinnerte an ihn als einen »prinzipientreuen, im Kampf unerschütterlichen Genossen«.
The journalist Eva Golinger (US – Venezuela) has repeatedly questioned the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The website aporrea.org quotes her statement: «Everything that Washington was trying to achieve during the administration of Hugo Chávez is today being realized in his absence. The cancerous illness from which Chávez suffered was unusually aggressive and suspicious, and every day turns up more evidence that it is possible Chávez was murdered».
The first signs of cancer were found in Chávez in May 2011. In June he underwent two surgeries at a specialized center in Havana. His Cuban surgeons found and removed a malignant tumor that had metastasized with sinister persistence, despite all preventive measures. New operations were needed. This athletic man, who was full of strength and physically robust, passed away on March 5, 2013 at the age of 58.
Expanding on this topic, Eva Golinger writes, «It is enough to know that one man who had for several years been one of his closest aides, who was often alone with him and brought him his food, coffee, and water, is now a protected witness in the United States. Soon Leamsy Salazar’s covert actions and close collaboration with intelligence agencies in Washington will be revealed».
The name of Hugo Chávez’s chief bodyguard was rarely mentioned in the media while the president was alive. Due to the nature of his work Leamsy Villafaña Salazar shunned publicity, did not like to be photographed, and tried to stay in the shadows. Chávez considered him to be a reliable, incorruptible, and professionally trained Bolivarian officer. This was precisely how the president described him on a TV broadcast about the attempted pro-American coup in April 2002. Conspirators managed to depose Chávez for three days, but with the support of the people and army, he triumphantly returned to the presidential Miraflores palace. From the roof of his palace he was welcomed by the military, among whom Salazar was readily visible, victoriously waving the Venezuelan flag. That image became the symbol of the victory over the counter-revolution.
Oddly enough, little is known about Salazar, and mostly from tight-lipped American sources. He was born in 1974 to a large family living in Petare, a slum district in the Venezuelan capital. After high school he entered the naval academy, graduating in 1998. He was a middling student, finishing 27th out of his class of 55. Nonetheless, in 1999 Salazar was tapped to be a presidential honor guard. Tito Rincón Bravo, Venezuela’s minister of defense and father of Leamsy’s first wife, played an important role in this appointment. Salazar became a personal assistant to Chávez. That job came with a very intense workload, due to the frantic pace of the president’s life.
After the events of 2002, Salazar was unexpectedly posted to a naval base in the provinces – in Punto Fijo (in Falcón State), but in 2006 Chávez ordered Salazar’s return to his former duties in the security detail.
Following Chávez’s death, Salazar provided security for the president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello. But oddities in Salazar’s behavior made Cabello uneasy. At that time debate was still raging about the causes of Chávez’s death and the people who could have been involved, and so Cabello eventually asked the minister of defense to transfer Salazar to another post. At some point during this period Salazar married once again. His new wife was Anabel Linares Leal, a graduate of the military academy who had been presented with her officer’s sword from Chávez’s own hands. For a while Anabel worked with the financial accounts of the Venezuelan armed forces at Banco Bicentenario, which means that she had access to secret information about arms purchases abroad. The newlyweds applied for permission to travel to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon. That permission was granted, and soon the couple was in Santo Domingo, but from there flew on to Spain. A special plane belonging to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) flew Salazar and his family from Spain to the US.
This is how Emili J. Blasco, a Washington correspondent for the Spanish newspaper ABC who has often served as a mouthpiece for propaganda from US intelligence services, described Salazar’s escape. He claimed that in Spain the Americans had subjected the Salazars to lengthy interrogations in order to determine the «true objectives of their break with the regime»………………..http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/03/14/murder-chavez-cia-and-dea-cover-their-tracks.html