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Venezuelan Court Sides with Chavista Strongman, Hands Out Massive Fine to Media Outlet

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jun 1, 2017, 2:59 pm
El oficialista indicó que le daría la plata a los niños pobres
Director of the website Alberto Federico Ravell, who is in exile, said the government’s attacks “make his website more popular,” but acknowledged that it will not be easy to pay such a steep fine.

EspañolVenezuela’s courts have favored the dictatorship again in a recent decision that hands down a major fine to media outlet La Patilla. 

The court ruled this week that the independent publication deserved a US $500,000 fine to resolve a lawsuit filed by government official Diosdado Cabello.

Congressman Pedro Miguel Carreño announced the decision on his Twitter account Wednesday, May 31, saying that the publication had inflicted “moral damage” on Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela Diosdado Cabello Rondón, though the information in question had already been published by international outlets.

The United States is currently investigating Cabello’s alleged connection to drug trafficking.  La Patilla will have to pay billions in Bolivars to Cabello, or about US $500,000.

 

Director of the website Alberto Federico Ravell, who is in exile, said the government’s attacks “make his website more popular,” but acknowledged that it will not be easy to pay such a steep fine.

Cabello, on the other hand, said he will pay his lawyers with the money and use the rest to give to poor children.

Sources: La FM; Su Noticiero

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Colombian Soldier Shot by Still Armed FARC Guerrilla after Accidental Trespassing

By: Felipe Fernández - @Ffernandezp - Jun 1, 2017, 2:10 pm
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EspañolSoldiers in Colombia's army entered a rural area controlled by The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia this week — a confrontation that was ultimately attributed to "human error." Army Captain Camilo Larrotta Echeverry suffered a leg injury during the confrontation Wednesday, May 31, after passing into San Jose de Guaviare, a rural area under FARC control in the south of Colombia. The Strategic Transition Command issued an official statement afterward, saying that soldiers from mobile brigade seven, belonging to the Joint Omega Task Force, were carrying out an operation near FARC-controlled territory, and accidentally passed one of the safety perimeters. "At dawn today we had an incident resulting from a military error in which, due to disorientation in the night, members of our forces ended up in the surroundings of a camp in San José del Guaviare," Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas told reporters. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "Upon arriving, armed men fired and our men quickly retreated when they recognized their mistake," Villegas said. Two soldiers moved to their garrison, one of whom was grazed by a bullet, but not seriously harmed. Read More: Colombia Military, Police Officers Launch Party with Eyes on 2018 Election Read More: EU Requests Venezuela to Respect Citizens’ Rights and Hold Election Before the event, a senator for the political party The Democratic Center tweeted that it was an ambush organized by FARC guerrillas against the army. https://twitter.com/mariafdacabal/status/870072767802114048 Tweet: I was informed that guerrilla members in the rural area of Guaviare summoned the army to demobilize and met them with gunshots. It was an ambush! By June 20, the guerrilla group is expected to surrender all of its weapons to the United Nations as part of a process of returning to civilian life. That date was established as an extension by Juan Manuel Santos' administration. Source: El Nuevo Siglo

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