Cara­cas

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Politi­cian’s sus­pi­cious death: Venezue­lan au­thor­i­ties said this week that a jailed op­po­si­tion law­maker killed him­self while in cus­tody, but his party al­leges he was mur­dered. Fer­nando Al­bán, 56, was de­tained at the Cara­cas air­port last week upon re­turn­ing from a United Na­tions meeting in New York and charged with plot­ting the failed Au­gust drone at­tack on Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro. Au­thor­i­ties said he asked to use the bath­room at the state in­tel­li­gence agency head­quar­ters and leaped from the 10th-floor win­dow. “There’s no doubt this was an as­sas­si­na­tion,” said op­po­si­tion leader Julio Borges, who lives in ex­ile in Colom­bia and who led the op­po­si­tion’s in­for­mal del­e­ga­tion to the U.N. Borges said he was told by Al­bán’s wife that her hus­band had been un­der pres­sure to tes­tify against him in the drone plot. The U.N. said it will in­ves­ti­gate the death.

Mourn­ing Al­bán

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