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Maria Clelia Spinas -- a candle caught in the wind of Venezuelan corruption!

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VHeadline editor & publisher Roy S. Carson: Grieving grandmother Heidi Spinas Dora weeps as she takes fond farewell of a daughter who was brutally slaughtered by hired assassins sent by corrupt bankers and a construction contractor to ensure "silence" over a raft of corrupt housing deals that ripped-off the public purse for millions...

Just last Wednesday -- four days ago! -- Maria Clelia Spinas Dora's life was brought to an abrupt end as knife-wielding assassins butchered the 53-year-old Swiss-Venezuelan engineer to death in her apartment in Puerto La Cruz on Venezuela's eastern Caribbean coast.  Clelia had worked successfully as a Housing & Habitat Ministry inspector until she got too close for comfort to questionable transactions entered into by executives at the Anzoategui branch of Banco Guayana and local construction contractor Manuel Andrade.

  • Large sums of Venezuelan taxpayers' money had been stolen and Clelia had pledged to get to the bottom of a corruption scandal that was growing hour by hour...

In documents secured by VHeadline, copies of which will be made available to proper investigative authorities, criminal complicity is clearly shown between Banco Guayana, contractor Manuel Andrade and members of the latter's family to defraud the public patrimony out of millions upon millions of Bolivares.  CICPC detectives have undertaken a preliminary investigation -- mostly centered on the facts surrounding the bloody killing and the perpetrators who are still at large.  Some suspects have been interrogated by the police for as much as 10 hours but the probe appears to be getting nowhere and is quickly becoming yet another untold chapter in Venezuela's out-of-control violent crime statistics.

Maria Clelia Spinas Dora -- a candle caught in the wind of corruption

Not unsurprisingly, government and law enforcement officials are hesitant to get too much up close and personal with acts of corruption while the decreased, Maria Clelia Spinas -- perhaps because of her Swiss origins -- had set her sights on at least attempting to bring an end to the corruption that continues to bring Venezuela to its knees.  Perhaps she spoke too often about her determination ... in fact she had become an inspiration to many who will continue her struggle against corruption ... perhaps not as openly as she did, for fear of their own lives, but...

Construction contractor Manuel Andrade and his sister are named in numerous documents already views by and they all center around dealings with Banco de Guyana on hundreds of shady dealings over a spate of years.

A household employee at the apartment building where Clelia Spinas lived -- the Atarraya building in Puerto La Cruz -- was a witness to Wednesday morning's bloodbath although she could do nothing since she had been bound and gagged by the three workmen, dressed as MRW delivery servicemen who had managed to gain access to the property by deceiving the doorman.  Complicity has not been ruled out since the cleaner was not supposed to have come another day.

Clelia's grieving mother arrived at the regional Barcelona (Anzoategui) airport with her surviving daughter and a grandson from from her home in Switzerland on Friday evening, March 13, and was driven directly to the funeral parlor where, overcome with grief, she was able to view her daughter's corpse laid out in her coffin. 

The 83-year-old grandmother, who was scarcely able to walk, even with the aid of a stick, said it was all so much of a tragic surprise for her.  The words she could muster through the tears where Schweitzer-German mixed with Spanish as she told her dead daughter "you are pretty" (Bist Du Shoen).

Frauil octogenarian, Mrs. Heidi Spinas Dora thanked everyone who had come to say goodbye to Clelia and told them that Clelia's only failing in life was that "she always wanted to help everybody else!"

  • She added "Clelia is now happy in heaven with her father (who died almost a year ago)!"

Editor's Note: despite a number of threats made against us since our original publication on Thursday, VHeadline is pledged to press Venezuelan government and law enforcement authorities to take remedial action based on the documentary evidence we have secured.  Copies are already in the hands of investigative authorities and we unequivocally state that the copies we hold will not be made to "disappear" even if those held by Venezuelan investigators ultimately do so.  As for Banco Guayana and construction contractor Manuel Andrade, we invite them to take legal action against VHeadline if they feel that their "unblemished" characters have been sullied in any fashion!  We are secure in the knowledge that the TRUTH(even in Venezuela)! shall win the day

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