A federal judge in New York allowed to move forward a high profile case against a former Venezuelan army general accused of working alongside President Nicolás Maduro and top military officials to “flood” the U.S. with cocaine.
In rejecting Cliver Alcalá’s motion to dismiss 2-year-old criminal charges , Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the U.S. is free to indict whoever they deem has violated U.S. laws even when their alleged conduct was carried out in fulfillment of their official duties.
“Sovereign immunity does not protect a rogue state or rogue officials,” said Hellerstein in handing down his ruling Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court as Alcalá looked on in a beige prison uniform. “We’re not dealing with ordinary criminal conduct. We’re dealing with criminal conduct at the highest levels of government.”