Chavez opponent detained in Venezuela
Alejandro Pena Esclusa was detained at his apartment Monday night by agents acting on a court order, and they found what appear to be explosives and more than 100 detonators, said David Colmenares, counterintelligence director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service.
Agents raided Pena's home based on information provided by the Salvadoran, Francisco Chavez Abarca, who was captured and handed over to Cuba last week to face trial for a series of bombings in 1997, Colmenares said in comments broadcast by TV channel Globovision.
Pena's lawyer, Alfredo Romero, told reporters he was not allowed to enter the apartment during the raid.
Pena heads the small Fuerza Solidaria group opposed to President Hugo Chavez. He was detained in 2002 on suspicion of links to military officers who took part in a failed coup attempt that year, but was later released.
Authorities may soon carry out more raids based on information that Chavez Abarca gave to authorities, Colmenares said, according to the state-run Venezuelan News Agency.
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami has said Chavez Abarca acknowledged plotting to violently disrupt congressional elections scheduled for September and had contacted what El Aissami described as some "fascist sectors of the Venezuelan opposition."