The imposed prosecutor general, Tarek William Saab, accused Luisa Ortega Díaz of allegedly embezzlement of the nation’s coffers through PDVSA contracts in the Orinoco Oil Strip project, which add up to $200 million in financial damages so far, a figure that could increase, according to Saab, so he already put together a joint operation between the Prosecutor’s Office and PDVSA to find those responsible for the embezzlement, and also asked the Comptroller’s Office to assign some of their people to verify those contracts and their fulfillment status.

In addition to embezzlement, Saab accused Ortega of criminal association, shocked by a 230% overprice found in 12 contracts with 10 companies.

Saab said that he had assigned prosecutors to investigate the treason allegedly committed by opposition leaders when they “requested financial sanctions against Venezuela,” parroting the same arguments used by Nicolás and Delcy, and promising an investigation that will include calls for military intervention, not just economic sanctions.

So impartial.

Before Tarek’s statements

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights expressed “deep concern for the declining separation and independence of public powers and the undermining of democratic institutions in Venezuela.” In a statement, the IACHR points out that decisions from the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) “exceed the functions of a constituent body and usurp the authority of the National Assembly, which diminishes the separation of powers and representative democracy.”

They emphasize the ANC’s discretional power to remove and appoint any authority, create and modify legislation, as well as implement decisions without due revision from other institutions or the necessary guarantees, so they reminded the State that on August 4th, prosecutor general Luisa Ortega Díaz and her family were granted protective measures. The IACHR once again asks the government to fulfill its international obligations on human rights, restore branch autonomy and allow all sectors of Venezuelan society to participate in politics.

Refugees

Yesterday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that he’s monitoring the increasing number of Venezuelans seeking refuge in other countries of the American continent: “the country faces many economic and social issues, shortages of essential products, violence and persecution,” remarking that they’re closely monitoring the situation and collaborating with the countries that are hosting Venezuelans and also with Venezuela, which has sheltered many refugees in the past.

Colombia’s Immigration head Christian Krüger, said that establishing refugee camps is the last resort for authorities to tend to the Venezuelan influx caused by the crisis, explaining that those camps are transitory measures, not definitive solutions, and that the Colombian government is working on initiatives to allow Venezuelans to settle in, rather than turning them away.

What now, Tarek?

Relatives of general Raúl Isaías Baduel were finally able to see him after 23 days of ignoring his whereabouts, and confirmed that he’s held in La Tumba, the infamous dungeon in SEBIN headquarters in Plaza Venezuela, a lair of torture that Saab ignored when he was Ombudsman, and continues to ignore now that he’s prosecutor general, of course. Andreína and Adolfo Baduel denounced that their father hasn’t seen daylight, he hasn’t been allowed to change clothes or receive medical treatment despite his issues with blood pressure since August 7th; they also explained that there’s no documentation of his transfer, so the court couldn’t know where he was. “They told my dad that he’d be treated like an inmate if he complained,” said his daughter.

Journalist Gabriela González confirmed that captain Juan Caguaripano, responsible for the assault on Fuerte Paramacay, is also being held in La Tumba.

Children’s human rights

Venezuelan female activists denounced in the OAS the abuses against the rights of minors in the country. The document they submitted mentions the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that are being violated by the government, including those referring to life, food, healthcare, education, free speech and non-discrimination.

OAS General Secretariat adviser Gabriel Bidegain recommended the activists to go to the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) and the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of the Child.

Yesterday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) gave the General Directorate for Environmental Health 95,000 treatments against malaria to support the National Program against Malaria, including key medication such as Artem, Lumef, Artemeth and Lumefan to care for children of 3 to 12 or older. The priority states are Bolívar, Amazonas and Sucre.

To the Pope

The National Assembly urged Pope Francis to call for the opening of a humanitarian channel in the country, as well as for the end of political persecution and respect for human rights: “Every new day there is a life we lose, we can’t wait,” said the letter signed by Parliament Speaker Julio Borges.

The document reiterates that the country’s experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, highlights the number of children dying due to malnutrition, the levels of shortages of food and medicines and the millions of Venezuelan citizens who are fleeing the country, emphasizing that, in addition to hunger and disease, we’re dealing with political persecution and chavismo’s obsession with holding onto power despite being responsible for the current magnitude of hunger and for blocking access to humanitarian aid.

Doing our best

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos commented on the negotiation process that has taken place around Venezuela’s situation, and on his stance on granting asylum to Venezuelan victims of persecution such as Luisa Ortega Díaz, saying that Venezuela’s crisis is on schedule to be discussed with Pope Francis in his coming visit.

Although willing to grant political asylum to Ortega Díaz even though she hasn’t requested it yet, regarding the possibility of sheltering other Venezuelan dissidents, he explained that each case has its own conditions, but that Colombia “has hosted and protected political refugees.”

He regretted that relations with Venezuela have soured, but remarked that he won’t put political asylum and institutional relations at risk on the basis of his differences with Venezuela. He said that U.S. sanctions are a way of pressuring the government, restating that “democracy was destroyed in Venezuela” and that we must all do our best to restore it.

The football teams of Venezuela and Colombia met once again in the qualifying rounds for World Cup Russia 2018, and tied 0-0 in the stadium of Pueblo Nuevo, Táchira.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Naky, Thank you very much for your continued briefings regarding Venezuela and its situation. The levels of my frustration continue to reach new heights. “Que mucha paja se habla”… “Categoricamente rechazamos. . ., Declaramos. . .Notificamos, . . Reportarmos. . . Denunciamos. . .Señalamos” and not to mention the unlimited number of alphabet soup “organizations” that never do anything and resolve nothing. Like we say in Texas a lot hat with no cattle or better yet just a lot of BS with no results.

  2. I’ve decided to cut way back on my posting here, both because of the aggravation of watching the country go down the tubes while virtually everyone does nothing, except complaining about Trump, and because I don’t need the GNB knocking on my door based on an order from Saab that I’m fomenting hatred or some other thought crime.

    I plan on dying here, just not in a Venezuelan jail as a political prisoner. Rather die at 100, murdered by a jealous lover.

    • I hope you make it to 110 because VZ needs more guys like you (so does the USA for that matter). And good luck getting those viagra prescriptions filled.

    • Best to you. I recall that scene in the movie “Catch 22”, in which an Italian guy explained to a GI, that he lived through many wars. When Italy was under one rule, he waved that flag, then Mussolini came, and he waved that flag, now the Americans come, so he waves the American flag. He concludes asking the GI how old he is. The GI says he’s 23 years old. The Italian guy asks him, “Do you know how old I am? I am Ninety-three years old.” (A lie … he looks sixty.)

  3. The AN… called upon the Pope to do something?

    Laughable. If anything, the Pope is a kindred spirit with Chavismo. I’m surprised he hadn’t offered Maduro a medal.

    How about the AN do something… like show up for work?

    • Calling on Pope Francis for help dealing with a ruthless dictator … Do they not remember it was Franky who sold them down the river in the first place?

      Franky is about as helpful as a broken shoe string.

  4. Many years ago while in High School, I was required to read George Orwell’s novel 1984. At the time it seemed to be just an entertaining image of some far off futuristic authors dream.

    Over the time that I have been reading CC, it has become a log of the history of the development of an Orwellen nightmare. It is as if it the Chavistas developed a government based on Orwell’s novel:

    ————————————————————————–

    “The class hierarchy of Oceania has three levels:
    (I) the upper-class Inner Party, the elite ruling minority, who make up 2% of the population.
    (II) the middle-class Outer Party, who make up 13% of the population.
    (III) the lower-class Proletariat, who make up 85% of the population and represent the uneducated working class.

    As the government, the Party controls the population with four ministries:
    the Ministry of Peace deals with war and defence.
    the Ministry of Plenty deals with economic affairs (rationing and starvation).
    the Ministry of Love deals with law and order (torture and brainwashing).
    the Ministry of Truth deals with news, entertainment, education and art (propaganda).

    The protagonist Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party, works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth as an editor, revising historical records, to make the past conform to the ever-changing party line and deleting references to unpersons, people who have been “vaporised,” i.e., not only killed by the state but denied existence even in history or memory.”

    ———————————————————————————–

    The Classes are in place, the ministries are in place, history has been rewritten and continues to be rewritten, definitely have unpersons, and numerous people to have been “vaporized”. It now continues with the truth commission and the ongoing Orwellen nightmare.

    When will it end and what will the last page say?

    • That is exactly what the regime wants. For all to be willing to throw in the towel.

      We know that you wont. And as Lorenzo said, VZ needs to more builders like you.

      • The chavistas got what they needed to assume full control. A stupid and willing accomplice. Otherwise known as MUD.

        Cuba 2.0, just bigger.

        Since there will be no elections in the coming years (except for more chavistas) we can write off the whole gubmint.

        And now that they can barely maintain oil output, the economy will further collapse.

        I stand by with popcorn in hand ready to do my part.

    • I’m in a weird position dealing with my ex-pat family in Miami. Six of them, here less than a year.

      The adults “kind of” understand it’s all over, although they still own homes (apartments) there. I don’t know the specifics, but I believe they send money home for other family members to pay the mortgages.

      To me, this is throwing good money after bad. They don’t seem to FULLY understand that they’re never going back, and how good the chances are that those homes will be taken away from them shortly anyway.

      Yes, they know they’re gone for good, but they don’t WANT to know it. A pretty common story, I guess.

      My nieces, sisters, still have Mom there, rabidly anti-Chavista from Day One, and she visited a few months ago and had the time of her life. First time outside of VZ, and she said “I feel like I died and went to heaven.”

      She won’t/can’t emigrate herself, because her husband doesn’t want to, or can’t. I try to ask questions about exactly why, but my wife yells at me that it’s none of my business. (If you knew how much money we’ve given to support my nieces, mostly in the way of household gifts, I would say it is a LITTLE of my business, but what’s the point? Wife always wins.)

      Their husbands are more realistic and think, “Fuck that shit over there. I want to be American now.”

      As an example, one of them talks how good he feels stopping at a red light. Can you imagine? The pride he feels for obeying the law, and not being afraid that he’ll be killed while waiting? I doubt he stopped for a red light in Caracas in years.

      One couple has two kids, 21 and 12. This is a tough one for me.

      How do you explain to them that your life here will be easier, the transition more successful, if you forget everything you’ve ever known about your country? That you’re no longer Venezuelan, and that you’re not going back? You’re a Gringo now?

      For good or bad…I think for good…they’re surrounded by the Cuban diospora who lived through the same experience. Hopefully, they will learn the hopelessness of hoping for a Venezuela Libre. Yes, they may have invented a drink named Cuba Libre, but that country is still the same old shithole dictatorship after half a century.

      As a Jew, my grandparents left Russia and Poland (way before Hitler) and never looked back. There was nothing to love about the countries they left.

      I think my relatives in Miami would do good to learn that lesson.

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