[Marxism] Francisco Chávez Abarca, Posada Carriles’ Right Hand Man, Captured in Venezuela

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 19:28:45 MDT 2010


Francisco Chávez Abarca, Posada Carriles’ Right Hand Man, Captured in
Venezuela - español

Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala

Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, reported today that the Salvadoran
Francisco Chávez Abarca, accused of being Luis Posada Carriles’ right
hand man, and the author of various explosive attacks in Cuba, was
arrested in a nighttime intelligence operation on Thursday when he
tried to enter Venezuela.

In an address from Miraflores Palace (the government headquarters),
the Venezuelan leader explained that Abarca was arrested in the
airport at Maiquetía (in the north) and was transferred to the
headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) for

Nicknamed “Potbelly,” Chávez Abarca is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list
due to his implication in various attacks with explosives in Cuba in
the 1990’s.

In the wake of the capture, the Venezuelan president asked what might
have been the Salvadoran’s intention in trying to enter the country
and ordered verification of the person(s) awaiting him.

“Who wanted Chávez Abarca in Venezuela? Who was awaiting him?” the
Venezuelan leader asked, before reporting that Chávez Abarca will be
delivered to Interpol so that he can be sent to Cuba, the country that
requested his capture.

He said that “this gentleman came here to kill me (…) that’s what my
heart says,” and he asked for collaboration to clarify the “special
mission that he came to complete in Venezuela.”

Chávez said that that midway through the advance of the revolution and
close to the parliamentary elections in September “it is very strange
that a terrorist of this caliber should come.”

“Posada Carriles ought to be really nervous because we’ve caught one
of his people,” he added.

Chávez Abarca was under arrest in El Salvador for two years for being
the leader of a gang dedicated to vehicle theft in that country, but
sidestepped sentencing for other international crimes of which he was

Chávez Abarca and 21 members of his gang were arrested under charges
of automobile theft and swindling. Authorities assured at the time
that they were dealing with “one of the main structures of organized
crime dedicated to vehicle theft on a national and Central American

On October 28, 2007, a complacent judge freed Chávez Abarca from his
criminal charges. However, he never had to answer for his role as the
principal accomplice of Luis Posada Carriles. The campaign for his
arrest was never mentioned before Salvadoran courts, despite repeated

In the 1990s, there were indications that he had dedicated himself to
drug trafficking as well as arms sales and currency counterfeiting in

He used the aliases Manuel González, Roberto Solórzano and William
González, and went on three short trips to Cuba in April and May of
1997 to engage in various attacks there.

In 1997 he detonated a bomb with 600 grams of C-4 that caused
structural damage in the bathrooms of the Aché discotheque in the
Hotel Melia Cohiba, on April 12, 1997.

On the 30th of the same month, an explosive device with 401 grams of
C-4 that the Salvadoran had put in an ornamental planter on the 15th
floor of the same hotel was defused.

Furthermore, on May 24th, while Chávez Abarca was in México, a bomb
exploded in the offices of the Cubanacán corporation in the capital.

President Chávez recalled that it has been five years since his
government made a formal petition to Washington for the extradition of
Posada Carriles, an ex-agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Posada Carriles is 82 years old and is responsible for, among other
crimes, the explosive attack n October 6, 1976 against Cubana de
Aviación Flight 455, where all 73 people on board were killed.

Posada Carriles is free in the United States and only accused of
violating immigration laws. The United States has not answered
Venezuela’s extradition request.

Giustino di Celmo holds a portrait of his son Fabio

It was Posada Carriles’ recruit who planted the bomb that killed Fabio di Celmo.

In 1997, following instructions from Posada Carriles, “Potbelly”
Chávez Abarca was the person who contracted with the mercenary Ernesto
Cruz León and charged him with carrying out terrorist missions in
Cuba, telling him that he himself had done it, and shortly thereafter
he trained his recruit in the preparation of explosive devices.

This was how Cruz León came to make two trips to Cuba during which he
planted bombs in Havana hotels, one of which killed the young Italian
tourist Fabio de Celmo, on September 4, 1997. It was the most tragic
moment in the criminal terror campaign unleashed by Posada on behalf
of the Cuban American National Foundation, created by the CIA.

(With reporting from Telesur)

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the international network of
translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be
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