Reply to Isaias by Teodoro Petkoff

July 28, 2005

Yesterday I talked about the Editorial that threw the Attorney
General/Prosecutor into a rage. Today Tal Cual Editor Petkoff, a former
very good friend of  Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez, gives him hell
for his attitude. Well deserved. Will Isaias also investigate whether
he can jail Teodoro?

Reply to Isaias
by Teodoro Petkoff

the poet Isaias had his fuses blown. He accused the Andean Commission
of Jurists, the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil) and 83
jurists from nine countries of “improper interference “ in Venezuelan
matters, because they demanded respect for the constitutional rights of
lawyer Carlos Ayala Corao, President, by the way, of the Andean
Commission of Jurists, who has been charged by the Prosecutor’s Office.
He announced the opening of an investigation of daily El Universal to
find out if an editorial of that daily was a punishable offense and
eventually take the appropriate measures in the case. He also accuses
Tal Cual of being part of an international conspiracy, of “harassment”
against him, promoted according to guidelines of the new manual for
coups, elaborated by the CIA. Isaias, without any doubt, is delirious.

of all, it is surprising that the representative from a Government
characterized by its intromissions, whose President frequently gives
opinions about internal matters of other countries, without hiding its
links with political sectors of those countries, would complain abut
the “intromission by the alluded international organizations”. The
world of today, Isaias, is like that. Countries are more interdependent
than ever and no Government can believe it is sheltered from
international scrutiny. If the prosecutor behaved correctly, nobody
would demand anything.

the Prosecutor’s office, Isaías himself has said it, is a body which
you can have little trust in and it forces jurists from the Continent
to have a watchful eye given its actions.

second place, the announcement of the opening of an investigation
against El Universal already shows that those who are concerned with
the respect of the constitutional rights of Venezuelans on the part of
the Government, are quite correct in being worried. Isaias attempts to
place obstacles on the exercise of freedom of speech. He pretends to
charge El Universal with nothing but “a crime of opinion”. Isaias has
revealed to us his authentic vocation as a censor of the press.

In the third place, the reference to Tal Cual is frankly incomprehensible.

occupy ourselves with the Prosecutor’s office we don’t need to consult
any CIA manual, it is sufficient with the digital page of the Public
Ministry (MP) where Isaias places his considerations about the
organization he directs. It is the Prosecutor himself who has said that
the MP is full of “family” groups, of groups of “friends”, of people
permanently “on leave”, of “cattle rustlers”, of “despots” with those
below them and “disrespectful” of those above them. First he spoke of
“cliques that brake, delay, slow down, block” . Later he corrected
himself and qualified them as “ship nuts*”, which are impossible to
loosen up. The poet denounced that his underlings “lack the preparation
and do not have the technical knowledge in order to make decisions”.
How does he pretend when he says things as serious (and as true) of his
civil servants, that people abroad should not be concerned about the
administration of justice in our country? Isaias complains because El
Universal spoke of “justice on its knees”, but if we rely only on what
he says, it is truly not on its knees, but on the floor, like a rag.

* In Spanish this implies you are so “screwed” into your position, nobody can remove you

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