Venezuela to probe Chavez murder allegations

  • Venezuelan officials said on Tuesday they will set up an inquiry to look into suspicions that President Hugo Chavez was murdered by foreign agencies.

    According to Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, the United States and Israel were to blame for Chavez's death.

    He said he had no doubt that the former leader’s death was similar to Yasser Arafat's.

    On the day Chavez died, the Vice-President Nicolas Maduro also compared his case to the death of the Palestinian leader.

    Chavez himself suggested he might have been injected by "foreign imperialist forces" after learning he had cancer in 2011.