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Latino Daily News

Monday January 30, 2012

Venezuelan Kidnappers Release Mexican Ambassador and His Wife from Captivity

Venezuelan Kidnappers Release Mexican Ambassador and His Wife from Captivity

Photo: MX Ambassador Carlos Pujalte, Wife Rescued

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Mexican Ambassador to Venezuela Carlos Pujalte and his wife, Paloma Ojeda, were released after being kidnapped over the weekend and are in good condition, a Mexican diplomatic source told Efe Monday.

Pujalte and his wife were abducted Sunday night in Caracas and released a few hours later.

“They were released in the morning” and “are both in good health,” the source said.

The couple was intercepted by the kidnappers and police found their vehicle a few hours later near Caracas.

The ambassador and his wife “are giving statements to authorities,” the diplomatic source said.

Venezuelan officials have not yet commented on the Pujalte case.

Carlos Pujalte Piñeiro, a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s law school, joined the diplomatic service in 1980.

He served as Mexico’s consul general in Toronto from 2004 to 2009 and presented his credentials to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in March 2010.

Pujalte was Mexico’s alternate representative to the United Nations and served as ambassador to Costa Rica.

Pujalte’s kidnapping comes two months after the Chilean consul in Caracas, Juan Carlos Fernandez, was shot, beaten, threatened and held hostage for two hours.

The high crime rate in Venezuela is one of the biggest problems facing the Chavez administration.

Venezuela has a homicide rate of 48 per 100,000 residents and Caracas is considered one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America.