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Venezuela leader implicates Uribe in killing

October 4, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says evidence implicates a conservative former Colombian leader in the stabbing death of a loyalist Venezuelan congressman.

Maduro attended late Friday’s burial of Congressman Robert Serra and information points toward Colombia and what he calls “the band of criminals that ex-President Alvaro Uribe has directed all of his life.”

Maduro did not describe the evidence, and Venezuelan officials have not announced any arrests or publicly identified any suspects in the slaying of Serra, who was without his usual contingent of bodyguards when killed on Wednesday.

Venezuelan officials earlier have implicated Uribe in alleged plots to kill Maduro, though without citing proof.

Uribe has denied any role in earlier plots and responded to the new allegations with Twitter posts referring to Maduro’s government as a “murderous dictatorship.”

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