Caracas, October 3 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that any aircraft that illegally enters his country’s airspace to traffic in drugs will be downed in an action that will safeguard Venezuela’s sovereignty and fight drug trafficking.
Maduro said that the rules of an Air Interception Law were approved on Wednesday, allowing the government to shoot down any plane that violates national airspace. He said that the cases like that of Air France will not take place again.
At least 22 Venezuelans were arrested after the confiscation by French authorities of a drug shipped on-board an Air France flight that arrived at the Paris-Roissy airport from Caracas, according to Venezuelan Interior Ministry Miguel Rodriguez Torres.
Those involved are jailed here in Venezuela. It was something that should have never occurred. These actions are being used as a political weapon to say that Venezuela is a narco-state, while Venezuela is fighting drug trafficking.
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