Venezuelan TV executive denies being a coup-plotter

The director of Venezuelan’s Globovision TV on Monday told prosecutors seeking to determine responsibilities in the 2002 coup that temporarily ousted President Hugo Chavez from power that he does not have “the vocation to be a coup plotter.” Alberto Ravell, one of the channel’s top executives, later told reporters that he was questioned “in a courteous and professional” way and in the capacity of a witness, not a defendant. He also urged the nearly 500 other people who have been summoned to testify, including Globovision CEO Guillermo Zuloaga, “to face up to it” and “not be afraid to come to the prosecutor’s office.” For his part, prosecutor Danilo Anderson said “they have been summoned because we have witnesses’ reports that they (media executives) attended a meeting with Pedro Carmona to discuss the news policy” of the short-lived provisional government. Full Story

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