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Venezuelan opposition leaders urge Bank of England not to give gold to Maduro

Section: Daily Dispatches

From the Associated Press
via Tacoma News-Tribune, Tacoma, Washington
Friday, November 30, 2018

CARACAS, Venezuela -- A pair of Venezuelan opposition leaders today urged the Bank of England not to hand over $550 million worth of gold sought by President Nicolas Maduro, saying officials in the South American country would either steal the gold or use it to finance its dictatorial government.

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In a letter to the bank, former National Assembly president Julio Borges and opposition party leader Carlos Vecchio said Maduro's socialist administration would pocket the last 14 tons of the Venezuelan gold in the bank's vaults or use it to illegally imprison and kill its opponents.

It reminded the bank that the United States, United Kingdom, and many European countries consider Maduro's government illegitimate following his re-election this year in what was widely considered a fraudulent vote. ...

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