Politics 17-08-2018

Almagro defends 'jail sentence of 18 years' against Maduro

The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, defends the ruling issued by the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in exile against Nicolás Maduro.

Through his account on Twitter, the number one of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday called "inhumane" the Government of Venezuela, chaired by Maduro, and applauded the decision of the exiled TSJ to condemn the president of the South American country to 18 years and 3 months in prison for the case of "corruption of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht", for which "he has ordered him to return a total of 35 billion dollars to the Venezuelan State."

"The sentence of the legitimate TSJ is an important step for the re-institutionalization of the country and to end the impunity of a corrupt and inhumane government," he wrote accusing the Venezuelan Administration of "accumulated amount" of corruption cases, even without offering tests.

Almagro, criticized on different occasions by the Chavez authorities for supporting the opposition and the Venezuelan right, once again questioned democracy in this Caribbean country.

The TSJ in exile is made up of magistrates elected by the National Assembly (AN), of opposition majority and emerged from the legislative elections of 2015, which does not recognize the legitimacy of the 33 magistrates in the exercise of this high court for alleged irregularities in their election process in December of that same year. Then, he appointed new magistrates, a decision that was rejected by those who were at that moment in office.

The exiled TSJ is already in Colombia, known for harsh criticism against his neighbor, since the Supreme Court in Venezuela has ordered the detention of its members.

Almagro, a harsh critic of Maduro since taking the reins of the OAS in 2015,requested in June that the United Nations (UN) investigate the Government of Caracas for "committing crimes against humanity" and "suppress the protests" .

The Venezuelan Minister of Information has recently warned that the episodes of violence that occur in the demonstrations are "things that Almagro wants to happen in Venezuela."

"Anyone who incurs violence and aggression against other people becomes the actor of the voluntary or involuntary script of the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, against Venezuela," said Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas. , during a television interview.

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