Two Americans are sentenced to 20 years in prison in Venezuela for the attempted coup d’état

09.08.2020, Caracas.

A Venezuelan court has sentenced two Americans to 20 years in prison for their participation in an attempted sea intervention to the country, Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab says, El Periódico reports on August 8.

According to the journal, Luke Denman (34 years) and Airan Berry (41 years) were working for an American security firm called Silvercorp USA, which manages a wide range of security questions from the most elementary ones to crisis-related that require an urgent reaction.

El Periódico reports that political activist Juan José Rendón, known for his support to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, made a preliminary agreement with Silvercorp founder Jordan Goudreau to launch “Operation Gideon” that finally failed.

It has been reported that Airan Berry served as Sergeant Engineer in the Green Berets and was in Iraq three times. Luke Denman was Liaison Sergeant in the same structure and visited Iraq only once. They are among 50 people that were arrested while attempting to intervene Venezuela from the sea in the La Guaira state, not far from Caracas. At least 8 people died during the intervention.

The Venezuelan Attorney General stated that both defendants testified and fully admitted their responsibility for conspiracy, terrorism and trafficking in illegal arms. According to the former American soldiers, their task was to seize the Caracas airport, to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and to bring him to the US.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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