January 30/2019 Washington D.C EEUU.
A few days after the government of President Juan Guaidó has total control of the country, the acts of corruption and destruction of the assets of the Republic of Venezuela by the Chavismo regime are beginning to be known. The Arcadia Foundation, a non-profit non-governmental organization based in the USA capital, created to fight against corruption and to promote the respect for Human Rights and Democracy values, managed to obtain the evidence of reports that show the advanced state of integral deterioration of the building of the Military Attaché of Venezuela in the city of Washington, DC, located in the historical center of the city and where the military attaché units of the Venezuelan Navy and the National Air Force should be working, as said by the Professor Robert Carmona-Borjas, Executive Vice-President of Arcadia.
The property located at 2437 California St., NW, in the city of Washington, was acquired by the Republic of Venezuela in 1949 and is property of the Venezuelan Chancellery. Since 1990 it had been given to the Ministry of Defense as a loan, to function as a Venezuelan Navy and Air attaché in Washington, DC. According to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense dated May 28th, 1990, the Ministry of Defense was obliged to return the property in perfect working and cleaning conditions but this never happened, nor did it was demanded by the Venezuelan Embassy officers who were in charged to receive the building.
In 2014, as Minister of the Ministry of Popular Power for Defense (former Ministry of Defense) the General in Chief Vladimir Padrino López, the building is returned to the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, in a state of advanced deterioration in which it was necessary to stop that deterioration of an investment for the amount of one hundred eighty thousand American Dollars (US $ 180,000), which they did not paid, however, delivered the property in these deplorable conditions to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry and the Chargé d’Affaires of Venezuela in the capital of the United States of that time, Mr. Maximilien Sánchez Arvelaiz received it, without even demanding from the Ministry of Defense the fulfillment of his obligation to carry out the pertinent reparations, incurring this in administrative and penal responsibility for the commission of administrative crimes and acts of corruption.
In 2015, under the directives of Mr. Maximilien Sánchez Arvelaiz, the gas and electricity service were cut at the Military Attaché Building, with which the building ceased to have heating and therefore the automated systems to turn on the internal boilers, so it had no way of responding and since they did not empty the pipes, they froze, and as the water expanded, broke all the pipes. Today the building is in a state of complete deterioration, with a serious weakening of beams, without proper drainage, basements with asbestos and wooden floors that with the expansion and contraction by the extreme’s temperature have been deformed in its wholeness. To all this we must add that due to the lack of proper ventilation, the building has an environmental parasitic accumulation (fungi) that makes access to the property extremely dangerous without adequate protection equipment. The repairs of the property today oscillate in the order of Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$1,200,000).
This is just one of the many aspects of destruction soon to be unmasked in the government of President Juan Guaidó, about the serious situation in which the assets of the Venezuelan State are that have been in the irresponsible hands of the Chavista regime. In the case of the Building of the Military Attaché in the city of Washington DC, it is evident that both the Minister of Defense, General in Chief Vladimir Padrino López, as well as Mr. Maximilien Sánchez Arvelaiz, the then Minister of Popular Power of External Relations, Delcy Rodríguez and the General Attorneys of the Republic, Manuel Galindo Vallesteros and Reinaldo Muñoz Pedroza, among others, are involved in administrative and criminal offenses for acts committed (and omissions) to the detriment of the interests of the Republic of Venezuela.
The Arcadia Foundation will continue the investigation by all means and before all competent national and international instances, to determine the corresponding responsibilities and to penalize administratively and criminally all those who incurred in such acts that are part of the unprecedented embezzlement of which the Republic of Venezuela carried out by the Chavista government from 1999 to 2019.
Read the statement here:NOTA DE PRENSA – Deterioro Edificio Agregaduría Militar (English Version)
Some images of how the installations were after the attack