The airport security chief orchestrated the attack on Guaidó upon his arrival in Caracas. It is sanctioned by the US and the EU
The official of the regime of Nicolás Maduro who allowed and abused the attack on Juan Guaidó upon his return to Venezuela, is the colonel of the army Rafael Antonio Franco Quintero. This is the current director – as the person in charge – of the security of the aerodrome of the Maiquetía International Airport. He has been in that position for a few months, who comes dressed as a civilian.
Before, he was part of the operational directive of the dreaded Directorate General of Military Counter Intelligence. There he was in charge of Research Area of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligencewhere – according Sebastiana Barráez, journalist specializing in the military source – established a brutal system of repression within the military body.
That institution is registered in the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, as a site where torture, mistreatment and other violations of fundamental rights are registered.
Trained with the Cuban inteligenccia, Franco Quintero was sanctioned in December 2019 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and by the European Union, that included him in a list of human rights violators in Venezuela for being among those responsible for the death due to torture of Captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo, a rebel military officer who was killed while in the custody of the DGCIM. According to the official autopsy, he had 16 broken ribs, burns and signs of having been electrocuted.
On that occasion, Rafael Franco Quintero was placed first on the list of sanctions. Then, the official did not respond to the measure and, so far, has not given a public statement in this regard.
Before, he was the commander of the DGCIM headquarters in Boleíta, east of Caracas. He arrived at the Maiquetia Airport as a security officer three weeks after being sanctioned. His first public action this 2020 was what happened on Tuesday when the arrival of Juan Guaidó, as it has been recorded in videos that shows him opening the way to a person from the public area to the Migration of the airfield to attack Juan Guaidó as soon as he lands.