Supreme Court stops expropriation, for now

November 16, 2005

Slowing down the Law of the Jungle, The Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Government had to suspend the exprpriation of the Polar silos in Barinas state. As described here
in late September the Governor of Barinas State who happens to be
Chavez’ father, expropriated the plant without following any of the
legal procedures established in the law. Of course, they can now go
back and do things right to satisfy the Court, but at least they will
have to follow the procedures established in the Constitution for
expropriating something, which includes the National Assembly
declaring it a public utility and paying compensation.

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