Archive for March 19th, 2004

A despicable and cynical show by Venezuela’s Vice-President

March 19, 2004

If there was a prize for manipulation and cynicism, Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel would win it more than once. After MAS founder Pompeyo Marquez reminded Rangel of their common friend Alberto Lovera killed in the 60’s by the Government, Rangel suggested that it was Marquez that had switched side and was now on the side of the killers.


But Marquez did not let the issue end there. He reminded Rangel of the many deaths of the ten days of repression in late February and early March and warned him that one day he would pay for it.


 


Well, yesterday Rangel held the most obnoxious, immoral and cynical event, when he invited some relatives of victims of torture and death of the forty years of of the IVth. Republic to “back them” in having world Courts know about their cases. Makes you wonder why it took him five years to make this “generous” offer or was he simply taking advantage of tehir evrlastin grief?.  Trying to become a hero of Human Rights, Rangel said people could not make such denunciations before (Oh Yeah! How did Rangel become famous? Except his denunciations were mostly lies and he never had proof) He even managed to involve the US  in his despicable show, by saying that the term “desaparecido” was born in Venezuela by military trained in the US.


 


But I don’t want you to think I am exaggerating, here is the translation of Petkoff’s note in today’s Tal Cual, about Rangel’s perverse show, in which Lovera’s widow Maria del Mar participated.  Remember that Petkoff was a founder of Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party which backed Rangel as a presidential candidate twice and was also part of the active guerilla movement against the Government in the 60’s, which Rangel was not:


 


To Maria del Mar Lovera, my old and dear friend by Teodoro Petkoff


 


What a coincidence! Just when he has deaths to cover up, Jose Vicente Rangel remembers the crimes of the sixties and, taking advantage of the understandable pain that never ceases, gathers some of their grieving relatives to stage a show.


 


We have seen few operations of manipulation than are more cynical, more indecent and with so few scruples than this one. But his mind played a trick on him. Another lapsus brutis (stupid slip). “You can not cover some deaths with others”, he said, or better, he confessed.


 


Sadly for him, that is what everyone understood, that Rangel is trying desperately to kill Alberto Lovera for the second time to erase the tracks of the crimes for which he himself has to respond. After five years in Government, Rangel announces that he will take these cases to the OAS. Why did he wait so long? Why now and not before? Who does Rangel think he can trick with this coarse manipulation? Only a con artist would attempt to cover up the death of Eva Carrizo in Machiques, or of Zambrano the teenager in Lagunillas, with those that took place in other eras. Is it that the relatives of today’s victims are responsible for the assassination of the past?

A despicable and cynical show by Venezuela’s Vice-President

March 19, 2004

If there was a prize for manipulation and cynicism, Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel would win it more than once. After MAS founder Pompeyo Marquez reminded Rangel of their common friend Alberto Lovera killed in the 60’s by the Government, Rangel suggested that it was Marquez that had switched side and was now on the side of the killers.


But Marquez did not let the issue end there. He reminded Rangel of the many deaths of the ten days of repression in late February and early March and warned him that one day he would pay for it.


 


Well, yesterday Rangel held the most obnoxious, immoral and cynical event, when he invited some relatives of victims of torture and death of the forty years of of the IVth. Republic to “back them” in having world Courts know about their cases. Makes you wonder why it took him five years to make this “generous” offer or was he simply taking advantage of tehir evrlastin grief?.  Trying to become a hero of Human Rights, Rangel said people could not make such denunciations before (Oh Yeah! How did Rangel become famous? Except his denunciations were mostly lies and he never had proof) He even managed to involve the US  in his despicable show, by saying that the term “desaparecido” was born in Venezuela by military trained in the US.


 


But I don’t want you to think I am exaggerating, here is the translation of Petkoff’s note in today’s Tal Cual, about Rangel’s perverse show, in which Lovera’s widow Maria del Mar participated.  Remember that Petkoff was a founder of Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party which backed Rangel as a presidential candidate twice and was also part of the active guerilla movement against the Government in the 60’s, which Rangel was not:


 


To Maria del Mar Lovera, my old and dear friend by Teodoro Petkoff


 


What a coincidence! Just when he has deaths to cover up, Jose Vicente Rangel remembers the crimes of the sixties and, taking advantage of the understandable pain that never ceases, gathers some of their grieving relatives to stage a show.


 


We have seen few operations of manipulation than are more cynical, more indecent and with so few scruples than this one. But his mind played a trick on him. Another lapsus brutis (stupid slip). “You can not cover some deaths with others”, he said, or better, he confessed.


 


Sadly for him, that is what everyone understood, that Rangel is trying desperately to kill Alberto Lovera for the second time to erase the tracks of the crimes for which he himself has to respond. After five years in Government, Rangel announces that he will take these cases to the OAS. Why did he wait so long? Why now and not before? Who does Rangel think he can trick with this coarse manipulation? Only a con artist would attempt to cover up the death of Eva Carrizo in Machiques, or of Zambrano the teenager in Lagunillas, with those that took place in other eras. Is it that the relatives of today’s victims are responsible for the assassination of the past?

The wonderful world of injustice in the Venezuelan Supreme Court

March 19, 2004

Primero Justicia Deputy Gerardo Blyde. who is a Constitutional expert, introduced today a brief in the Venezuelan Supreme Court. In it, Blyde accuses the three members of the constitutional hall of the Supreme Court of process fraud when they tried to interfere in a suit in which they had no jurisdiction so as to benefit one of the sides.


Blyde suggested that the Justices should go to jail and promised that he will introduce another brief accusing the directors of the CNE of disrespect for disobeying the order by the CNE to proceed with the ratification process and add the signatures with the same calligraphy to the totals.


 


The worst part was that Blyde described how surprised he was when he went to see the decision by the Constitutional Hall and discovered that it simply does not exist. Blyde said they were trying to bar him from looking at the file for the case, but when they finally gave it to him, the sentence that the President of the Supreme Court had said they had published is not there.


 


Blyde concludes that in the absence of a decision, it just does not exist. Thus, there is not even a conflict at this time before Halls and the CNE should obey the decision of the Electoral hall.


 


\Blyde concluding by saying: “Think maliciously and you will be right. We presumed that were unfortunately ready for the consummation of a fraud to the legal process, that they had a sentence signed by three justices and were not placing it in the file. They are preparing an additional sentence that will attempt to void the ruling by the Electoral hall and they will place in the file both at once, violating the law and the right to dues process”


 


Well, there may be another explanation, these Justices know how absurd and illegal it is that they are doing that they are too afraid to place it in the file and later be tried for it. Supreme Court decisions are actually sawn into the file of each case, so they will be very difficult to remove, particularly if new parts are added to the file itself in later dates.

The wonderful world of injustice in the Venezuelan Supreme Court

March 19, 2004

Primero Justicia Deputy Gerardo Blyde. who is a Constitutional expert, introduced today a brief in the Venezuelan Supreme Court. In it, Blyde accuses the three members of the constitutional hall of the Supreme Court of process fraud when they tried to interfere in a suit in which they had no jurisdiction so as to benefit one of the sides.


Blyde suggested that the Justices should go to jail and promised that he will introduce another brief accusing the directors of the CNE of disrespect for disobeying the order by the CNE to proceed with the ratification process and add the signatures with the same calligraphy to the totals.


 


The worst part was that Blyde described how surprised he was when he went to see the decision by the Constitutional Hall and discovered that it simply does not exist. Blyde said they were trying to bar him from looking at the file for the case, but when they finally gave it to him, the sentence that the President of the Supreme Court had said they had published is not there.


 


Blyde concludes that in the absence of a decision, it just does not exist. Thus, there is not even a conflict at this time before Halls and the CNE should obey the decision of the Electoral hall.


 


\Blyde concluding by saying: “Think maliciously and you will be right. We presumed that were unfortunately ready for the consummation of a fraud to the legal process, that they had a sentence signed by three justices and were not placing it in the file. They are preparing an additional sentence that will attempt to void the ruling by the Electoral hall and they will place in the file both at once, violating the law and the right to dues process”


 


Well, there may be another explanation, these Justices know how absurd and illegal it is that they are doing that they are too afraid to place it in the file and later be tried for it. Supreme Court decisions are actually sawn into the file of each case, so they will be very difficult to remove, particularly if new parts are added to the file itself in later dates.

OAS asks Carrasquero for proof of partiality

March 19, 2004

 


The OAS representative Fernando Jaramillo, left aside his usual diplomatic style and asked the President of the CNE Francisco Carrasquero “respectfully” to let him know what are these “proofs” he said he had last night about the representatives of the OAS and the Carter Center being partial towards the opposition.


 


Jaramillo explained, that usually do not respond to this type of accusations which are normal in these types of processes, however, since in this case the accusations come from the President of the Electoral board who happens to be a counterpart in the negotiations, he felt forced to make some comments given the public nature of Carrasquero’s remarks.


 


Among many things, Jaramillo reminds Carrasquero that in the agreement signed with the CNE it was established that the OAS mission could inform the CNE of all “irregularities, technical deficiencies and interferences that they may have identified as a result of their observation process”. Jaramillo closes by saying that it would be to the Secretary General of the OAS and its Permanent Council that corresponds to evaluate the role of the mission in Venezuela, which will be done at the appropriate moment.


 


And to me my friends, this is the key. Carrasquero is once again acting as a lackey of Hugo Chávez. They know that these missions are fairly careful of what they say or not in public, but when it comes time to present their final report to the OAS, whether there is a recall referendum or not, that report is going to be extremely critical of Carrasquero and his cronies. Thus, they are attempting to deflect that future criticism, by accusing them now of being partial.


 


The representative form the carter center was a little less blunt, but she did say that they had sent a letter to Carrasquero asking for clarification of his remarks.

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