CARACAS – Venezuela’s Public Ministry confirmed on Monday that it has made an official request to the US for information regarding the case against Efrain Campos and Francisco Flores, nephews of President Nicolas Maduro and jailed in the US for drug trafficking.
“The Public Ministry confirmed a request by inquiry letter to the US to obtain information on the case of Efrain Campos Flores and Franqui Flores,” the ministry said on Twitter.
Campos and Flores were arrested by the US Drug Enforcement Administration on Nov. 10, 2015, in Haiti and charged by US authorities with conspiracy to export cocaine to – and distribute it within – the US.
The two men’s trial began on Nov. 7, 2016, and on Nov. 18 they were found guilty, but on Jan. 24 the pair’s attorneys requested a new trial alleging that the proof presented in court was “completely insufficient” to establish guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The sentencing date initially had been set for March 7 but after legal maneuvering by the defense it was changed to Sept. 12-13, 2017.
Last November, the Venezuelan Parliament had asked Maduro to provide “true” information about the arrest of his relatives, and the opposition requested that the AG’s Office open an investigation into the case.