Opposition politician and former National Assembly deputy Maria Corina Machado received a summons today to appear before a judge on December 3 to answer to the charges of magnicide level against her. The charges stem from a number of e-mails presented by Jorge Rodriguez that allegedly show Maria Corina discussing an assassination plot with dissidents outside of the country.
Weeks after the e-mails were presented on national television as evidence, Google released data on the account of one of the people accused in the plot. According to a cyber-security expert who examined the data, Google has no record of the e-mails in question, meaning that thewere falsified by government authorities.
Arrest warrants have also been issued for the other people named in the same plot: Henrique Salas Römer, Diego Arria Salicetti, Ricardo Emilio Koesling Nava, Gustavo Tarre Briceño, Pedro Mario Burelli Briceño and Robert Alonso Bustillo.
Earlier this year, Maria Corina Machado was unceremoniously – and according to Venezuelan law, illegally – removed from her chair as National Assembly deputy by Diosdado Cabello, who removed Machado by decree, simply saying, “She is no longer a deputy”.
13 Dead at Uribana
Following the start of a hunger protest earlier this week, 13 Uribana prison inmates have died over the past 24 hours, apparently after willingly consuming poisonous chemicals. Three of the inmates died after consuming Rivotril, while another ten died from consuming an unknown chemical compound.
According to the newspaper El Impulso, the prisoners willingly consumed the drugs with the goal of harming themselves to bring their protest to the attention of prison authorities and the media.
PDVSA Warns of “Difficult Times”
Eulogio Del Pino, the president of the state-owned oil firm PDVSA, made some grim comments today regarding the country’s future amid plummeting oil prices.
Del Pino made the comments to the media during ahead of an OPEC meeting tomorrow in Vienna.
Difficult times are upon us. Complicated times, from the point of view of the oil market. Let me tell you that we are prepared for even the worst scenarios.