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US indicts Venezuela ex-vice president Tareck El Aissami

NEW YORK: The United States indicted former Venezuelan vp Tareck El Aissami on sanctions violations Friday, two years after naming him a narcotics "kingpin" for allegedly giving cover to drug traffickers.

Assaimi and businessman Samark Lopez Bello had been indicted together in New York and charged with breaking US sanctions by using personal jets to arrange conferences world wide.

"El Aissami and Lopez Bello allegedly used private jets to set up private meetings around the globe including Turkey and Russia. It is necessary to impose sanctions against foreign persons seeking to gain power and control by circumventing the law," Home Land Security particular agent Angel Melendez said in a remark.

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