Hussein Rene Assar, 38, was detained on Oct. 25 in the city of Puerto La Cruz, which is located roughly 240 kilometers (148 miles) east of Caracas, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official said the Canadian Embassy tipped off Venezuela's federal police force after Assar allegedly demanded monetary payment in exchange for information regarding alleged terrorist plots against the Canadian government.
"It's an ongoing investigation, so we can't comment on it," Michael Harvey, a spokesman at the embassy, told The Associated Press during a telephone interview.
The official from the Attorney General's Office said Assar was asking for US$7,000 (Ђ5,800) in exchange for information regarding "explosives ... and terrorist acts in Canada." President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly said that Venezuela is committed to the fight against international terrorism while urging world leaders to concentrate on eliminating the causes of terrorism, such as poverty. A.M.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea