Home > Venezuelan Diplomat in Kenya. > Murder of Venezuelan Diplomat in Kenya

Murder of Venezuelan Diplomat in Kenya

Murder of Venezuelan Diplomat in Kenya Linked to Drug Trafficking
Anonymous Kenyan officials claimed that the recent murder of Venezuela’s interim ambassador to the country is linked to an international drug 
trafficking scheme involving top Venezuelan diplomats.

On August 6, Kenyan authorities charged senior Venezuelan diplomat Dwight Sagaray (pictured) with the murder of interim Venezuelan ambassador Olga Fonseca Gimenez. Fonseca’s body was found in her official residence in Nairobi on July 27, and a Kenyan investigator told Reuters that the motive behind the killing was “jostling for positions in the embassy.” Fonseca had been at the post for less than two weeks before her death, having taken over from the previous ambassador, who left amid accusations of sexual harassment. Sagaray denies the charges against him.

However, the Kenyan Star reports that police in the African nation believe Fonseca’s death was linked to a drug trafficking ring run by 
Venezuelan diplomats. According to the Star, Venezuelan embassy officials had been using diplomatic pouches — which are exempt from customs inspection under international law — to smuggle drugs into Kenya, where they were sold to local traffickers.

Fonseca allegedly put a stop to this upon taking office, a decision which “reportedly caused friction in the embassy and may have contributed 
to her murder.” The paper claims that its police sources asked to remain anonymous for fear of sparking a diplomatic dispute between the two 
countries.

Advertisements
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: