Vinodi pointed to the death of one of those accused of a corruption conspiracy, in addition to naming a national government official.
Once again, Twitter became the scene of controversy. This Thursday afternoon, the Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, responded to a tweet by Venezuelan comedian Luis Chating, in which he made a sarcastic comment about Juan Almeida, one of those arrested for corruption and whose home I was arrested.
Ernesto Villegas decepciona de nuevo, hace una semana había dicho que Juan Almeida se encontraba en Cuba y estaba mejorando. pic.twitter.com/ymiGHiSdSZ
— Luis Chataing (@LuisChataing) May 17, 2023
The minister assured that he did not respond to the campaign that Almeida had directed at him, but that he would not accept that his name be used “to make fun of his death”.
El ciudadano fallecido aquí mencionado por el señor @LuisChataing mantuvo pública y notoria campaña en contra mía por sus redes. Jamás le respondí. Y ahora mal podría aceptar que se pretenda utilizar mi nombre e imagen para hacer burla de su muerte. Emplazo al señor “humorista”… https://t.co/2UOFHj2KXP
— Ernesto Villegas Poljak (@VillegasPoljak) May 18, 2023
Villegas asked Chatting to retract the publication, which he described as “slanderous”, in return warning of possible legal action against the US-based humorist. However, the tweet still remains in Vinod’s account.
Almeida passed away recently due to liver cirrhosis. After being arrested for the corrupt Pdvsa-Crypto conspiracy, he was under house arrest.