Benedict Mander
FT
April 20, 2012

A Venezuelan former supreme court judge who this week fled to the US has accused president Hugo Chávez and other top officials of manipulating the justice system and keeping political prisoners.

Eladio Aponte Aponte, who escaped from Venezuela after he was dismissed over his supposed connection with alleged drug lord Walid Makled, also claimed to have evidence linking high-ranking military officials that are close allies with Mr Chávez to drug trafficking.

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