Venezuelan Attorney General Defies Maduro Dictatorship despite Threat of Arrest

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jul 12, 2017, 10:51 am
“I’m not afraid to be arrested. Precisely because I’m not afraid, I’m here in my office,” Ortega said.

EspañolVenezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz may be facing jail time for openly criticizing Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship, but she said she’s not afraid.

“I’m not afraid to be arrested. Precisely because I’m not afraid, I’m here in my office,” she said during a phone interview with Argentina’s Radio Con Vos. She said she will continue to come to her office to work, and has no plans to go anywhere else unless the regime breaks into the building, as it did at the National Assembly building earlier this month.

Ortega had previously been a strong supporter of Venezuela’s left and of Hugo Chavez, but the political, economic and social conditions of the country forced her to denounce Maduro’s regime.

“We continue to witness the rupture of the constitutional order. The constitution keeps on being violated and government institutions are being dismantled,” Ortega said at the time.

In response, the regime has accused her of being mentally unfit for her position and of mishandling judicial appointments, among other things.

The regime has frozen her accounts and prohibited her from leaving the country. That prevented her from meeting with other prosecutors from around Latin America at a conference in Argentina.

“I have been treated as if I had committed a crime,” Ortega said.

She said she does not legally recognize the current magistrates that are serving on the Supreme Court, as the courts in Venezuela have become executioners for the government.

“I don’t know the legitimacy of these magistrates,” she said, “and therefore I also do not know their decisions. I will ignore any sentence of the Supreme Court, as I ignored the appointment of a new deputy.”

That isn’t so easy sometimes, she said, because Maduro supporters both within governmental institutions work close to the Prosecutor’s Office, and it’s unclear if or when one of them will send for her arrest.

Source: Radio Con Vos

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.

Peru’s Attorney General Orders Detainment of Former President Humala and Wife

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 12, 2017, 10:21 am

EspañolFormer President of Peru Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia now have warrants out for their arrest following charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit a crime, the trials for which will be held 18 months from now. The Prosecutor's Office of Peru filed an arrest warrant against former president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia to prevent them from leaving the country until then. They have been charged with money laundering and illicit conspiracy to commit a crime. Germás Juárez, in charge of money laundering cases for the country's Attorney General's Office, originally filed the case before Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho after officials discovered illegal campaign contributions had been made in 2006 and 2011. The Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has caused bribery scandals across Latin America, allegedly gave US $3 million to Humala, and disguised them as campaign contributions. Humala and his wife have reportedly denied all allegations against them. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The judge will call a public hearing Thursday, July 13, in order to hear the request of the Public Prosecutor's Office, as well as the couple's lawyers. Because the alleged crimes took place before Humala became president, he is not protected by any form of executive privilege. Read More: Tension over Ecuadorian Border Wall Rises as Peru Summons Ambassador Read More: Peru President Calls Venezuelan Crisis “Number One Issue in the Americas” Officials are reportedly worried the former head of state may flee the country with his wife. For this reason, prosecutors are seeking the 18 months of preventive custody. Humala and his wife said they've been complying with the investigation, and think 18 months of prison time is unnecessary. "We're complying with all of the prosecutor's orders," he said. "We've been collaborating with the investigation because we have the biggest stake in this being cleared up." Still, preventive custody looks like a real possibility with testimony from former Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht and statements from other informants about illegal campaign donations. Sources: El Comercio; La República

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