Photo: Efecto Cocuyo

Imposed prosecutor general Tarek William Saab claimed yesterday that, as soon as the riot that took the lives of 68 people broke out in Policarabobo headquarters, the Prosecutor’s Office determined that the police’s assistant director had been negligent, although he didn’t mention him in his tweets about the case, and even though he posted these tweets 13 hours after the fire.

Saab doesn’t rule out new arrests and denounced the overcrowding in police dungeons in the country, with information he must’ve had when he was Ombudsman but chooses to use now. He promised to start “a whole serious and articulated campaign” with the Supreme Tribunal, the Prisons Ministry and the Interior Ministry to solve this issue, although he’s barely diagnosing the situation.

Prisons Minister Iris Varela used the day to point out that her office bears no responsibility for this incident and to claim that the judicial and penitentiary systems in Venezuela are the best in the world.

Lawmaker Juan Miguel Matheus announced that the National Assembly will ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to visit the country to evaluate the prisons system, that they’ll request direct assistance for the victims’ families, and ratified the creation of an Investigation Committee, as well as the vote of no confidence to remove Minister Varela from office.

Another attack on Falcón

Henri Falcón called for a walk yesterday through Catia’s boulevard which ended with people robbed, wounded and even hospitalized. Last night, he explained that he carried on with the activity despite having been threatened and that during the attack, there were knives, firearms and considerable violence. Lawmaker Teodoro Campos, a member of his campaign team, was hit in the head (presumably with a steel gauntlet) and is currently in the Military Hospital “under observation after being diagnosed with a severe cranioencephalic trauma.” Photographer Rayner Peña and even some PNB officers were also assaulted. This is the second attack against Falcón’s team in less that ten days. He could’ve spared us the epic of how an attack strengthens him and instead demanded the Prosecutor’s Office to start an investigation to establish responsibilities, especially if the aggressors belong to paramilitary groups. Saying that Nicolás is responsible for “the peace or the violence” in the campaign and asking him to “control his armed groups” is practically dancing to his tune.

Teaching isn’t a crime

Young lawyers Geraldine Chacón and Gregory Hinds are members of the Community Ambassadors Foundation, dedicated to educational training and the promotion of leadership for teenagers in Caracas’ low-income neighborhoods. As of yesterday, they’ve been arbitrarily detained for two months in El Helicoide, without committing any crimes.

Both were deceitfully taken to Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) headquarters and arrested without a warrant. The Venezuelan State has violated their right to freedom of association, to personal freedom, to legal defense and to due process. Gregory Hinds has also been subjected to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and he’s been denied the medical attention he needs. On February 5, the Prosecutor’s Office indicted them with the crimes of public instigation and criminal association. The judge agreed to grant them a measure in substitution of freedom with the presence of guarantors, even though the arbitrariness of their arrest was acknowledged by the prosecutor and the court. On February 7, the required guarantors were presented, but both lawyers remain detained: they deserve their immediate release!

The self-determination of accounts

Tarek William Saab claimed that the sanctions imposed against chavista officials by Switzerland and Panama are “fake news,” showing how well he knows the concept; challenging nations to show whether he had any bank account other than the payroll account he keeps in Banco de Venezuela. A genius, eh?

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza handed a note of protest to Swiss diplomatic mission chief Didier Chassot, condemning the sanctions. The action was, of course, called interventionist and it “shows that European Union countries are subordinated to the United States government.”

Lastly, the TSJ called Swiss and Panamanian sanctions unworthy and deplorable, expressing their rejection for “the illegal coercitive measures” that, according to the statement, violate the extremes of the international context and the honor of the nations to “threaten national sovereignty and people’s right to self-determination.” The TSJ is yet to mention the deaths of 68 people in Policarabobo headquarters.

Abroad

  • 81-year-old South African activist and politician Winnie Madizikela Mandela has passed away. She was one of the symbols of the fight against the Apartheid, which in time caused severe personal and political rifts with her ex-husband, Nelson Mandela.
  • Russian Industry and Commerce Vice-Minister Oleg Nikolaevich met with Agriculture Minister Castro Soteldo, to discuss the proposal to produce “food transformation equipment in Anaco.”
  • Two ELN leaders died: “Breimar,” who led actions in Tibú municipality and was killed in a police raid while returning to Venezuela, and “Fidel”, responsible for recruiting teenagers, selective homicides and illegal exploitation of mining deposits, according to the Colombian government.
  • OAS chief Luis Almagro discussed with Luis Florido about the deepening of the Venezuelan migration crisis and the need to re-democratize Venezuela.
  • Ecuador recorded the first measles case imported with a child coming from Venezuela, as confirmed this Monday by Health Minister Verónica Espinosa, who pointed out that the 5-year-old child was ill when he entered Ecuador on March 27. An epidemiological alert was immediately activated and the case was isolated. The last homegrown measles case in Ecuador was recorded in 1996.
  • The TSJ in exile will hold session today in Bogotá, in Colombian Senate headquarters.
  • This week, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok will tour his country’s federal dependencies in the Caribbean (Aruba, Curazao and Saint Martin) to deal with the Venezuelan crisis and the increasing migration.

The Hubble space telescope caught an image of the most distant star ever seen: Icarus. This star first shone 4.4 billion years ago. Since then, its light has crossed the universe for 9 billion years until it was caught by the telescope thanks to the gravitational lens, which allows Hubble to use distant galaxies as a sort of cosmic magnifying lens in order to spot what lies beyond. The farthest star discovered until this point had been at 55 million light years, Icarus is 260 times farther!

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17 COMMENTS

  1. “…challenging nations to show whether he had any bank account other than the payroll account he keeps in Banco de Venezuela…”

    AWESOME!

    Then, when various international government entities secure and empty those accounts that the Chavistas saydon’t have, there won’t be any caterwauling!

    A win-win, eh Tarek?

    Whatever will Gabriela Maria do without $4.2 billion she says SHE doesn’t have? And those non-existent estates owned by Chavistas outside of La Romana in the Dominican Republic?

    Andorra, here we come!

  2. Most Chavista Mega-Thieves with half a brain must be finding alternative ways to hide their millions, if they didn’t already have perfect hide-outs already.

    Arreaza: “Compadre, olvidate de Panama y otros paisitos con influencia Gringa”
    Saab “Claro, pana, y nada relacionado con Suiza o Andorra.”
    Arreaza: “Donde habra guardado tanto real Gabriela Chavez, Luisa Ortega, Ramirez y otros?”
    Saab: “Hay sitios fino, chamos, y formas de hacerlo, guebon, ahora te explico.”
    Arreaza: “Lo del Oro tiene futuro”
    Saab: “Si, eso lo enterramos por alla por el Medio Oriente o Rusia.. o aqui mismito en nuestras haciendas!”
    Arreaza: Y pa’ lavar toda esa vaina, propiedades en nuestras islitas del Caribe, a nombre de la amiga de la tia de tu comadre con pasaporte chimbo nuevo”.
    Saab: “Eso, marico, estas apriendiendo”. Pa’ lavar tambien sirve el petro verga ese..”
    Arreaza: “Coño, pero my friziaron el apartamentico en Panama”
    Saab: ” A mi me capturaron una cuentica en Andorra, gran vaina.. hay otros guisistos finos por ahi..”
    Arreaza: “Claro!! Otro wihhkisito?”
    Saab: “Date amplio compadre!”

    • “must be finding alternative ways to hide their million”

      Russia, Lichtenstein, two cantons in the west of Austria, Dubai, Guernsey, Hong Kong, several Caribbean islands, the list goes on and on. Not that difficult!!!!

  3. In the Aporrea rant by Varela – in the most bombastic Espanol written since Gongora’s doggerel – she basically challenges the Panamanian authorities to find and show proof of any stolen lucre of any Chavista called out or otherwise. Meaning that either she is certain that they will never find it, buried as it is behind front companies, or else the loot is elsewhere. As El Guapo pointed out, the Chavistas have nothing to lose if they don’t have fortunes buried somewhere, thus rendering their qualms about sanctions absurd.

    Follow up is required to route out just where the money is. What’s more, this site reported the two tons of gold bars spirited out of the country but merely cut and pasted the news from other sources. Can anyone here ever actually follow up on something, or is that like maintenance in Venezuela – left for someone else to do. Or not.

    • Right you are. (It’s pretty sad that $90 million in gold bullion seems like chump change, considering the $trillions the Chavistas have pilfered?!)

      My understanding of forensic accounting (my info from an accountant) is that while there are plenty of obstacles that get in the way of a proper accounting, all that a forensic accountant needs these days is for someone to point them in the right direction, the resources/time to do it, and for electronic access. Politicians really aren’t that good at hiding their ill gotten loot, and most make the same mistakes every time… the primary being they need to have immediate access to it electronically. And because they are petty and greedy, they don’t like the idea of going to a person adept at hiding this booty. DUMB.

      As a result, a lot of this pilfered wealth CAN be found. Getting access to it and seizing it is a whole other story. But, the ham fist of Uncle Sam has a way of convincing various banking entities of opening their books. Just ask the Cayman Island and Swiss bankers from a few years back.

    • Okay. Call me stupid.

      My wife does every day!

      But unless it breaks U.S. law, why the hell should the U.S. care how much money was stolen? And under what guise can it pretend to legally act in this capacity? It’s fucking Venezuela, and unless there’s drug money laundering involved…not impossible to find and prove but really difficult to prove…

      Under what auspices and what authority does the U.S. have to act? I mean, maybe some of us gringos WANT to give a shit about the pilfering of VZ’s wealth, but there’s no legal basis for us to do so.

  4. “This week, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok will tour his country’s federal dependencies in the Caribbean (Aruba, Curazao and Saint Martin) to deal with the Venezuelan crisis and the increasing migration.”

    Saint Martin is the French side of the island Sint Maarten is the Dutch side. Two different countries with two different names! Minister Blok have lots of things to talk about with local governments, one of which will be the flood of illegal immigrants from Venezuela. Curaçao even deported several Venezuelans a couple of days ago.

    • But let’s get real.

      Who the fuck cares about what these Caribbean “governments” have to say anyway? But wait. I might have figured it out.

      They’re gonna come crying to the U.S., and U.N., for financial assistance in helping with this “crisis,” as if the U.S. isn’t incurring enough expense dealing with all of the other shithole countries’ “refugees” from Central and South America.

      God bless Trump.

      • Nah that won’t happen bcuz the islands mentioned are all part of the Dutch kingdom, those “governments” will cry in the Hague and beg for cash there like they always do. Money laundering, drug trafficking, corrupt shitholes that amount to nothing but don’t want to have their independence UNFORTUNATELY!!!!

  5. How to eliminate pesky do-gooder NGO’s from stirring up/helping the barrios?–Jail them for “criminal association”–Natch (most barrios have more than their fair share of criminals)….

  6. Stop posting pictures of Tarek, he is giving me nightmares. He looks like an evil/sadistic mime that stalks children in preschool.

    Seriously, he gives me the creeps just looking at that freakish face.

  7. If Iris wanted to haul ass, like most well fed chavista’s, she’d have to make two trips.

    ElGuapo, for what it’s worth my home has been protected by Smith and Wilson for last 33 years. Some time back MRubio said that there were plenty of guns in the hands of the general population. Would you and/or your inlaws say the same? When I lived there, during the years of Carlos Andres Perez, I don’t recall an over abundance of privately held guns. Rogue governments can only be slain from within by a well armed citizenry. God Bless the 2nd amendment!

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