The Bolivian Foreign Ministry demanded explanations Tuesday from US Ambassador to La Paz Philip Goldberg about a photo in which Goldberg appears together with Colombian-born criminal Jhon Jairo Venegas.
The photo, part of a police investigation against a recently dismantled international crime ring operating in Bolivia, was shot in September at the Expo Cruz Fair in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Well-known Bolivian opposition member Gabriel Dabdoub, president of the Bolivian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CAINCO), is also in the photo with Goldberg and Venegas, the latter now in Palmasola Prison.
Goldberg and Dabdoub denied knowing Venegas and said the photo was simply, like many others, taken with unknown people.
Foreign Minister Choquehuanca, who has sent a note to the US Embassy requesting an explanation, stated it was strange that someone unknown had a picture taken with the
Bolivian President Evo Morales mentioned the photo in an interview with Italian daily Il Manifesto when discussing right-wing destabilization attempts in his country.
First published at Prensa Latina