The Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab reported this Friday that former US military personnel Luke Denmnan and Airan Berry were sentenced to 20 years in prison for their participation in Operation Gideon against the Government of Nicolás Maduro.
“They admitted to having committed crimes of conspiracy, association, illicit trafficking in weapons of war and terrorism, typified in the Penal Code, for which they were sentenced to a prison sentence of 20 years,” Saab wrote on his Twitter account.
2) … said gentlemen ADMITTED to have committed crimes of conspiracy, association, illicit trafficking of weapons of war and terrorism typified in the Penal Code: for which they were sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years, months and 9 days. .the #AUDIENCE follow with others #imputed
– Tarek William Saab (@TarekWiliamSaab)
August 8, 2020
The US mercenaries participated in the failed attempt at a maritime incursion into Venezuela along with fifty citizens of the South American country, who planned to attempt on the life of the Venezuelan leader.
According to the Venezuelan prosecutor, the decision was made in the first preliminary hearing in which Luke Denmnan and Airan Berry “were accused by prosecutors of the case for serious crimes. After the previous hearing, they admitted their responsibility in the facts.”
Former soldiers employed by the US military contractor Silvercorp, were arrested in the second attempted raid of an attack on the Venezuelan coast in which at least eight people died and fifty more were arrested.
Last May the Venezuelan Justice issued preventive detention for 40 people for their connection with the failed invasion attempt that was intended to promote a violent change of government in Venezuela.