Former Chavez confidant dies in prison due to COVID Oct 14, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaRio de Jneiro Former Venezuelan army chief and defence minister Raul Isaias Baduel, 66, has died in prison in connection with Covid-19, according to the government.“We are sorry for the death of Raul Isaias Baduel, who died of cardiac and respiratory arrest as a result of Covid-19,” Venezuelan General Attorney Tarek William Saab wrote on Twitter late Tuesday.“We offer our condolences to his family and friends.” Baduel, a former confidant of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, was sentenced to almost eight years in prison in 2010 for embezzlement and abuse of office.A military court found him guilty of embezzling around 20 million dollars during his time in office.After his release in 2015, he was imprisoned again for plotting against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.In 2019, the Venezuelan government claimed to have prevented plots against the authoritarian head of state and a number of other high-ranking officials.According to the report, the plan was to free Baduel from prison and declare him president. Baduel was considered a hero of Chavez’s “revolution” in 2002, helping to bring the left-wing nationalist back to power shortly after his overthrow.But after his retirement in 2007, Baduel became a critic of Chavez. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US will open land borders to vaccinated travellers Oct 14, 2021 0 0 Putin breaks Nobel Peace Prize silence to threaten Russian laureate Oct 14, 2021 0 0 Star Trek’s Captain Kirk returns to Earth after brief space mission Oct 14, 2021 0 0 Vietnam cancels lockdowns in a bid to let economy recover Hanoi The Vietnamese government has decided to cancel lockdowns applied for the past year and a half after the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) slumped in the third quarter. In a directive posted on the .. EU chief threatens action against Warsaw over constitutional ruling dpa Brussels The head of the European Commission has threatened to take action against Warsaw in response to a major court ruling that said some EU laws are incompatible with the Polish constitution. Ursula von der Leyen .. WHO puts forward panel of experts to track pandemic origins Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen the members of a new advisory board into the origins of pandemics. The board will help draw up guidelines for future studies on the origins of pandemics and epidemics .. Australia and NASA sign deal to add rover to future moon mission Sydney The Australian government on Wednesday said it reached a deal with US space agency NASA which will see an Australian-made rover included in a future mission to the moon. The small semi-autonomous rover will ..