Supreme Court approves trial of Minister of Defense

November 27, 2002

The Venezuelan Supreme Court today granted an injunction requested by General Rommel Fuenmayor (Only in Venezuela is a General named Rommel) to stop the “investigative council” against the General. According to the Venezuelan Constitution, a high officer may only be tried after the Supreme Court has judged that there are merits to the trial. More importantly, the Supreme Court ruled that the Minsiter of Defense can be tried for disobeying the Highest Court and authorized the Attorney General to start such a trial. Fuenamyor’s lawyers said they will now accuse the Minister of abuse of power.

These are the same charges that the Head of the Chiefs of Staff denounced when he resigned on Oct. 10th. citing violations to the Human Rights of the military officers. I am still waiting for Human Rights Watch to speak out about this, but I am sure they will not say anything. They only care about the rights of the Government in their ignorance about teh Venezuelan situation, they think the opposition is like Pinochet and Chavez is like Allende, while we all know is the other way around.

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