According to him, this was done in order to put an end to the Bolivarian revolution and stop the formation of an alternative financial order which threatened the so-called "dictatorship of the dollar."
"Chavez had become a prime target, the enemy number one for the world's major financial centers. Thus, he was murdered, something we all know but we cannot prove," he said.
Some truths spoken by the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez not long before he passed away. pic.twitter.com/6PnEcs1Yo3— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) 16 мая 2016 г.
Isturiz referred to the leaders of Venezuela's Latin American allies at the time, including Paraguay's Fernando Lugo, Argentina's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as well as Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. Back then, they all were notified that they had cancer, according to him. However, all four are currently alive.
Additionally, he lashed out at his country's opposition, which he said seeks to topple Chavez's successor Nicolas Maduro.
Chavez died in March 2013 at the age of 58 years in a military hospital in Caracas after a two-year fight with cancer. He was buried in a marble sarcophagus in the revolution museum building in the capital Caracas.