Once in a while, there is a small ray of light. Maybe it was international pressure, maybe not, maybe these people or some of them have some decency left in them, but the truth is that today’s decision by the Supreme Court to take away the case against Sumate from the Courts, is indeed very good news.
Essentially the Court said it would take over the case against Sumate’s leaders Maria Corina Machado, Alejandro Plaz and others seen in the picture above and orders the Court to accept the evidence provided by the defense. It orders the process to continue with the accused in freedom and goes as far as saying that a trial may not even take place! Moreover, the Court says the defendants were denied their right to due process by both the Cpurt and the Prosecutor’s office. .
Now, just to put it in the proper perspective, this is the same accusation against Suamtethat the Attorney General/Prosecutor called only ten days ago “the exhaustive investigation carried out by the Court….led to 36 elements to prosecute”.
In any other country, the decision today by the Supreme Court and the charges made should lead to the resignation or removal of the Prosecutors and/or the judges involved. But not here. When there is no sense of decency, when revenge and political motivations determines the priorities of mediocre people placed in important positions to defend the indefensible, this is not what happens or may happen.
Attorney General/Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez is morally corrupt, turning an independent power into an arm of the Government to persecute rather than prosecute the opposition. While illegality is the rule of the day, crime is up, corruption is up, Rodriguez directs his office towards intimidating those that dare question or challenge the Government. In the case of Sumate, the hate and need for revenge is extreme. Imagine a group of people who dared to help organize things so that the Government would not cheat in the petition to request Chavez recall. The truth is that without Sumate, there would have been no recall vote. Moreover, Sumate did not have to pay the thousands of volunteers that worked for it like the Government does whenever it needs its supporters to do something. Sumate was in fact capable, efficient and its work was done largely by volunteers. This had to be eliminated so the Rodriguez came up with the ridiculous charge that Sumate “conspired against the political form that the Nation has been given”. When a Government calls true democracy a conspiracy, you know there is something very rotten in the minds and hearts of its leaders.
Note: I was a proud Sumate volunteer