Don’t give gold to Maduro, Venezuela’s Juan Guaido asks UK

London (CNN)Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim leader, Juan Guaidó, has called on British authorities to prevent President Nicolas Maduro from removing any of the country’s gold held in the UK’s central bank as the country’s political crisis continues to deepen.

Guaido said government officials loyal to Maduro were attempting to sell off its foreign gold reserves in the UK and relocate the profits to the central bank of Venezuela, Reuters reported.
“I am writing to ask you to stop this illegitimate transaction,” Guaido wrote in letters sent to British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England. “If the money is transferred … it will be used by the illegitimate and kleptocratic regime of Nicolas Maduro to repress and brutalize the Venezuelan people.”

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