Security today was absolutely obscene as opposition leader Fernandez was brought from the headquarters of the intelligence police to the Courthouse. There were dozens of National Guards and intelligence police officers as Mr. Fernandez, President of Venezuela’s Chambers of Commerce was brought handcuffed. Contrast this with the fact that the self-confessed assasin of Plaza Altamira was moved on Jan. 9th. with only six intelligence officers being present. Is this political or what?
Meanwhile for those abroad that have read that there was a judge order against Mr. Fernandez and his detention was “legal”, we point out the following facts about what the law says in Venezuela:
-You can not be detained without showing you the order from the Court.
-You can not be detained without a representative from the Attorney General’s Office being present.
-In a procedure to detain someone, the officers of the law have to be in uniform and use official cars.
-Once detained, a prisoner can not be held incomunicado. Both his lawyers and lawyers from the Ombusdman’s office have to have access to him.
None of these were followed in this case. Moreover, for over five hours there was no information about whether Mr. Fernandez was in jail or had been kidnapped. This is absolutely illegal, it is a violation of Mr. Fernandez’ rights and is simply called state terrorism.