Archive for July 26th, 2012

A Gringa in Venezuela’s Highest Court?

July 26, 2012

A while back, a trusted friend told me there was a foreigner in Venezuela’s Supreme Court, but this person could not prove it. Yesterday, this person sent me this article which says that someone has actually gone to the Prosecutors Office to accuse that Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Marrero Ortiz is not Venezuelan.

The article says that the Justice was born in Puerto Rico on February 22nd. 1942 and obtained the Venezuelan nationality in 1966 when she married a Venezuelan citizen whose name is irrelevant to this story. Thus, technically, if this can be verified and true, Justice Marrero is simply a US citizen, about the worst citizenship you can have if we are to believe Chavez’ revolutionary words.
The accusation further says that in the Judge’s papers at Universidad Central de Venezuela, it clearly says that she was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. According to Chavez’ own Constitution (Article 41) in order to be a member of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, you not only have to be Venezuelan by birth, but you can not have another nationality, which implies that you have to renounce to any other nationality you may have. Justice Marrero would not qualify for both reasons, even if she has renounced to the other nationality.

Personally, I would allow people born abroad but who have lived here all their lives to hold certain positions, including most Ministries. What astounds me is that these ultra nationalistic revolutionaries allow these blatant violations of their own Constitution to occur, without saying anything, while arguing sovereignty, self-determination  and other such BS for everything that happens around them. Just like they allow Cubans to run intelligence and security and have a say in military and identification matters and it is ok, because they are Cubans.

In fact, Minister of Planning and Finance Jorge Giordani, was accused of not complying with Article 41 in the first few years of Chavez’s tenure. At the time, it was argued that Giordani, who was born in San Pedro Macoris, Domenican Republic, held a position (Minister Planning) which was not the subject of Art. 41. Well, since they merged Planning and Finance, this is no longer the case, but given Chavez’ filial relationship with Giordani, nobody seems to want to bring this up either.

Again, I write this because I trust the person that gave me the info. You would at least think that the Justice herself would explain to us, whether she is not or not qualified to be part of the Venezuela Supreme Court. But as usual, there is simply silence.

But of all nationalities, I find it ironic that she is a gringa. Don’t Chavistas get paranoid that she could even work for the CIA, the NSA or the FBI?

What a joke this Government is!