Yesterday, Minister of Justice Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez announced through Twitter that seven Venezuelan officials had begun legal actions against Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles. Capriles is being accused of falsa imputacion, which can be generally understood to mean slander.
The seven officials in question are the same ones who were sanctioned by the United States government earlier this year over their alleged involvement in human rights violations. Since then, Capriles has been vociferous in his criticism of the seven officials, calling them enchufados [literally, “plugged in”, roughly meaning “corrupt”].
Gonzalez said, simply, that Capriles “must be held accountable” for his words.
Today, Capriles reacted to the announcement, saying that he was only speaking the truth and that he would not be intimidated into silence. Capriles remained defiant, and said:
It is an honour for a group of enchufados to try to evade accountability by attacking me… no enchufado can tell me what I can say. With the truth, I neither fear nor offend.
Supreme Court Stands Behind Cabello
Following the National Assembly’s gesture of support for Diosdado Cabello yesterday, the country’s top legal body announced today that it, too, stood unequivocally behind the National Assembly president in light of recent allegations that he was under investigation by U.S. law enforcement agencies for drug trafficking.
The president of the Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, Gladys Gutierrez, spoke today on the Cabello story, and said that the latest accusations are nothing but an attempt to discredit the country’s leaders. She also called the accusations “reckless”, and said that they were part of a “conspiratorial aggression” by the United States against Venezuela.
Cabello reacted to the outpouring of support today on Twitter, where swore “absolute loyalty” to the Venezuelan people and thanked them for their support.
Chilean Parliament Votes to Recall Ambassador to Venezuela
The Chilean parliament voted today in favour of a motion to recall the Chilean ambassador in Venezuela, Pedro Ramirez, over the country’s political prisoner situation. The motion calls for Ramirez to stay out of Venezuela until the situation regarding “all those in prison for political reasons” is resolved, particularly the cases of Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez.
Jose Antonio Kast, a deputy who voted in favour of the motion, explained the reason for his vote:
We see that Venezuela is living through an extremely serious institutional crisis, where expressing an opinion against Nicolas Maduro’s regime has resulted in prison [time] for hundreds of people, as is the case with Leopoldo Lopez, the leader of the opposition, who has now been unjustly held in prison for one year and 88 days without even a transparent and impartial trial.
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