Wednesday, August 4

Chavismo invites the ICC prosecutor to a meeting to delay the possible investigation




The regime of Nicolas Maduro continues to seek ways for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to abandon its intentions to investigate Venezuela for crimes against humanity. The Chavista attorney general, Tarek William Saab, invited the chief prosecutor of the ICC, Karim Khan, to a working meeting in the South American country and mark “a road map” to clarify any doubts you may have about the cooperation between the Chavista government and the ICC. The letter was sent in order to smooth things over between the institution after the departure of Fatou Bensouda, until last month prosecutor of the TPI and with which in the opinion of Saab “there was a negative collaboration.”

«We have published a letter where we invite you to come to Venezuela (to the chief prosecutor of the TPI) so that, on the ground, we can draw up a roadmap to clarify what needs to be clarified (…) on collaboration, “Saab said in an interview with the Venezuelan chain Globovisión,” within the framework Complementarity »to advance complaints against his country. It is expected that after July 23, the British prosecutor will announce whether the Venezuelan file goes to the investigation phase. Bensouda announced in November last year that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela, but his functions ceased before making a statement on the matter.

Maneuvers of the regime

Saab also said in the interview that the letter sent on July 14 “refers to the reports presented by our country in the last nine months, in the framework of the preliminary examination (…) which show that since we were thus informed required on October 2, our position has always been to collaborate with the Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office of the Venezuelan regime requested earlier this month a judicial control to hide the identity of the victims, something that was contested by the ICC Prosecutor’s Office. Khan received the letter days after Maduro tried violently, but without success, to detain the interim president, Juan Guaidó, at his residence in Caracas, and sent to prison Freddy guevara, national coordinator of Voluntad Popular (party of Leopoldo Lopez) of course terrorism.

In February 2018, the ICC opened a preliminary examination of Venezuela for alleged abuses by its security forces, both in the demonstrations that occurred since April 2017 and in prisons where opponents were mistreated. In the latest report released, Bensouda mentioned possible crimes of torture, sexual violence and politically motivated persecution. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan opposition has asked the new prosecutor for speed in the results of the preliminary examination.

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