Venezuela arrests U.S. "agent"

Caracas, Apr 25 (EFE).- Venezuela announced on Thursday the capture of a U.S. citizen who stands accused of being an intelligence agent linked with training Venezuelan students to carry out acts of violence.

"Parties of the extreme right want a civil war," Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said.

He identified the U.S. citizen as Timothy Hallett Tracy and said that "all his behavior complies with training and instruction as an intelligence agent."

The minister said that, in addition, authorities seized more than 500 videos in a raid carried out on Wednesday in Caracas as part of an investigation initiated last October.

Those videos show evidence, he said, of a destabilization plan focused on the April 14 special election to choose a successor to leftist President Hugo Chavez, who died March 5 after a long battle with cancer.

"All (the evidence) collected shows that the day of the elections was going to arrive perfectly normally but once the results (were) issued by the CNE (Venezuela's electoral commission) there was going to be non-recognition (of them) by the candidate of the right," Rodriguez Torres said.

Henrique Capriles, who lost to Chavez last October, said he would not recognize the narrow victory of ruling-party candidate Nicolas Maduro until the CNE carried out a full audit of the results.

Post-election violence led to the deaths of nine people, most of them Maduro supporters.

While the CNE acceded to Capriles' demand for a 100-percent vote recount, Maduro's inauguration went forward last Friday as scheduled.