Video below has gone viral. The context is a London - Madrid commercial flight early this week, in which Derwick Associates' main thug Alejandro Betancourt was identified by a fellow Venezuelan passenger. Betancourt was courteously reminded in Barajas airport that his fate -as that of Alex Saab- is sealed. His body language and facial expressions weren’t that of a multi billionaire at top of his game. His reaction conveys, very clearly in our opinion, that he knows that at any point, anywhere, he's going to be tapped in the shoulder by law enforcement.
Bolichico Betancourt interceptado en aeropuerto de Madrid por una venezolana pic.twitter.com/fgDxLsQ8UZ
— INFORMACION VERAZ (@URlibre) November 24, 2021
Betancourt is a very well known quantity among Venezuelans who have suffered power blackouts and its consequences. His popularity -as a poster boy of chavista corruption- is widespread. There's over six million displaced Venezuelans, living in forced exile. The world can shrink very rapidly for thugs like Betancourt when there's so many victims of his actions.
As the courageous lady said to Betancourt that justice will catch up with him, he says "we can talk about it if you want, but it isn’t like that." Fortunately the hatred towards these thugs is unrelenting:
Since getting 12 no-bid contracts to solve power generation in Venezuela over a decade ago, Betancourt and his fellow criminals from Derwick Associates have retained, just in the U.S.:
- Al Cardenas;
- Jon Sale;
- Frank Wohl;
- Thomas Clare.
Betancourt maintains his innocence, but has spent stolen millions keeping -at least- 14 of America's "finest" busy, not only in civil lawsuits but, crucially, involved in aggressively lobbying U.S. Department of Justice, Treasury, FBI and the media. Betancourt is co-conspirator number 2 in a $1.2 billion money laundering scheme that put his main associate -Francisco Convit- on the run, hence reason why he must be lawyered up to his eyeballs. There's a sealed indictment pending on his head and he knows it.
Betancourt and Convit were instrumental in a separate money laundering scheme ($4.25 billion) involving PDVSA, Rafael Ramirez, Nervis Villalobos, Luis and Ignacio Oberto.
Derwick's legal counsel were also called to give detailed explanations to FBI and DoJ prosecutors, owing to its $1 billion worth of overprice charged in connection to power contracts executed by Missouri-based Pro Energy Services.
Then there's Betancourt's wrangling with Swiss, *with Swiss* "financial watchdog" (he was a Swiss banker till recently). In Switzerland too Betancourt has had to recourse to the "very finest lawyering" (Prof. Dr. Peter Nobel and Dr. Christoph Peter) stolen money can buy. This site can report that Financial Crime unit officials from Switzerland's Police are probing Betancourt's activities.
The mother of Convit, Betancourt's long time associate, was the target of a seizure by Guardia di Finanza due to money laundering. Add Italy to jurisdictions where lawyers must be kept. Betancourt & co are very well know to GdF.
The Office of Spain's Anti Corruption Prosecutor is another place where Betancourt's business are of meticulous interest. And how about Andorra? Yep, there too, in fact evidence posted by this site showing Betancourt's little arrangement with Nervis Villalobos comes from a criminal probe there.
Colombia and Canada gave a few headaches too, after Betancourt and Convit decided to launch a hostile takeover of Pacific Rubiales.
Counting Venezuela and Sweden -where Betancourt is invested with FSB partners in Nynas, that's -at least- nine jurisdictions where lawyers have had to or are being retained. Does that seem like the needs of an innocent man?