EspañolMembers of Venezuela’s National Guard have been acquitted of murdering opposition protesters despite the Public Ministry’s efforts.
In response, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz said the country is witnessing a “decomposition of the judiciary,” which is preventing those carrying out heinous acts on behalf of the regime to face justice.
She said that after 80 days of ongoing protests, 23 arrest warrants for the death of protestors have been issued but not carried out.
Fiscal General @lortegadiaz: Hay 23 órdenes de captura que no se han materializado por la muerte de manifestantes
— Ministerio Público (@MPvenezolano) June 20, 2017
Tweet: Attorney General Ortega Dias: There are 23 arrest warrants out for the death of protestors that have not been put into effect.
She cited one case in which a member of the National Guard ran over a demonstrator with a tank, but was allowed to walk free. The Public Prosecutor’s Office, she said, requested the detention of Second Sergeant Daniel Medina Pérez, who was driving the tank. The courts denied the request, arguing that it violated the rights of the official who ran over the boy.
Ortega Díaz also said that “it has been impossible” for the Public Ministry to obtain statements from the National Guard despite the power she and her office of the Attorney General supposedly hold to do so.
She pointed to the death of Fabian Urbina, 17, who was killed by a National Guard officer with a firearm. Three officers have been accused in that case but haven’t been tried.
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Ortega Díaz lamented the deaths of the 74 Venezuelans who have fallen victim to the regime’s repression by way of the National Guard and National Police.
She was, just a few years ago, a denier of human rights violations in the country. But now, Ortega Diaz has taken a new stance: “Human rights violations in Venezuela are serious.”