Archive for August 13th, 2006

CTV leader Carlos Ortega escaped from the military jail he was being held at

August 13, 2006

So, Carlos Ortega escaped from the military jail in Ramo Verde.

My questions:

1) Did he really? So much for the oxymoronic term “military security”
2) And if they kill him tomorrow, while escaping from the authorities, are we supposed to believe it?
3) However, there is already an audio tape circulating in the Internet with one of the escapees.
4) Baduell says the ports and airports are being watched. Will he look like a fool if they leave the country and show up elsewhere talking about their escape?
4) What does Jesse Chacon say about it? Didn’t Chavez ask him to resign, will he?

Of course, as usual, Chavez is travelling…That is his way to run this country…But of course, nobody is running it, this is simply disorganized chaos after seven plus years of Chavez. But it is not his fault, it is Bush’s or something like that.

The super witness wasn’t so super or amateur time at the Prosecutor’s office

August 13, 2006


Well, what
we have known since November of last year was finally publicly accepted by the
sorry General Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez; His super witness Giovanni Vasquez
was mostly fake, he has nothing in his hands and all this has been has been a
huge miscarriage of justice in which people’s live have been trampled with, destroyed
and in some cases forced them into exile because our stupid General Prosecutor “looked
the witness in the eyes and believed he was telling the truth.

A
remarkable admission by this man who should have resigned long ago, as case
after case simply shows his incompetence and how he has manipulated justice and
delivered injustice, only to please the autocrat.

But let’s
recap a little to see the
General Prosecutor’s interview in today El Nacional
entitled “The key witness deceived me”, in the proper perspective:

Last fall,
the General Prosecutor told us that he had a “super witness” that had been
present at two key meetings, one in Panama
and on in Maracaibo,
in which the murder of Prosecutor Danilo Anderson was plotted. This super
witness was a medical doctor, specialized in psychiatry, who not only had
attended those meetings, but had actually smuggled 12 kilos of C4 for the
explosives for the assassination. When asked how he could issue orders for
capturing four people on the case, General Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez said “I
looked into his eyes and knew he was telling the truth”

Soon after
that, we learned
that there were some problems
with the story. First of all, super witness
Giovanny Vasquez turned out not to be a medical Doctor, let alone a
psychiatrist He actually had a criminal record in Colombia for “the crime of identity
theft, swindle and the use of false documents. Thus, the man seemed to be a
charlatan, but nevertheless, Isaias went forward with the case on the basis of
his testimony.

Soon
afterwards, we learned
that Vasquez had both Venezuelan and Colombian passports, had actually voted in
the Venezuelan election and briefly escaped from the military intelligence
people that were guarding him. A few days later, Globovision showed evidence
that Vasquez had been in jail in Colombia
while the infamous meeting in Panama
had taken place. This was not admitted into evidence when reporter Patricia
Poleo showed that she was in Venezuela
when purportedly this meeting had taken place. The Prosecutor ordered her
capture and she fled the country. Finally, the Prosecutor’s Office a few days
later had a Court
order
the media to forbid the publication of ANY information about the Anderson trial and specifically about the “private life” of
the super witness. This was clearly an act of censorship, simply because the
media was showing what a sloppy job the General Prosecutor’s office was doing.

Not much
later, the General Prosecutor in his testimony in
the National Assembly said
that he had another witness…but…somehow…they had
never talked to him or something like that. Amazing, no?

Of course,
this was all blamed on the “conspiracy” of the media and the opposition.

And then
comes today’ headline “Giovanny Vasquez deceived me; he was in jail in Panama on the date of the meeting in Panama”.

Any person
with dignity should have resigned, immediately cancelled the detention orders
and ask for forgiveness. But not Isaias, you see, he is a mediocre Prosecutor,
who is simply loyal to Hugo Chavez and would lie, spin and mutilate for him. Just
for this, the Constitution should be changed, you see, Isaias Rodriguez was the
first man in the country’s history to hold the office of Vice-President. What a
shame!

But let’s
look at his interview today and some of the things he said:

“He
(Vasquez) told us a tale, enamored us, we believed in him, we followed him …he
was in jail on that date”

Reporter: “And
why should you believe in Giovanny Vasquez”

Isaias
Rodriguez (IR): “Why should I deny everything? Why not believe whatever is true
(in is tale) because there are lots of things that are true (??)”

Reporter: “Is
there another witness”

IR: “No, I
don’t have another witness.”

Reporter: “But
a couple of times you assured us you had others”

IR: “I had
them, but they did not testify”

Reporter: “And
did the meeting in Maracaibo
take place?

IR: “Yes”

Reporter: “And
the one in Miami”

IR: “I don’t
know. We don’t have any confirmation…

Thus, the
General Prosecutor has lost his only witness, but the people accused are still
in jail, in exile or in hiding.

Such is
the state of Justice in Venezuela,
with a Prosecutor who continues to accuse the opposition for Anderson’
assassination and has never looked within his Government, where people had more
to lose from Anderson’
accusations and indictments.

But the amateur
General Prosecutor continues in his position, making a mockery of Justice in Venezuela…

A horrifying picture of Venezuela as Latin America’s most violent country

August 13, 2006


There
is an interview in today’s El Nacional
with Chacao Mayor Leopoldo Lopez in
which he gives terrifying numbers on crime and violence in Venezuela. The
article is on the occasion of Lopez’ presentation of a plan he has been trying
to sell the Government to reduce crime in 180 days.


Among the
things Lopez says about the current conditions of crime and violence in Venezuela:

–For each
cop killed in Brazil, ten
criminals die, in Venezuela
the ratio is forty criminals per cop.

–Deaths
for “resisting the authorities” have increased 254% since 1999 in the country
and 759% in the Federal District.

–Military
investment is 80 times police investment. One Sukhoi airplane like those
purchased recently by the Government cost US$ 120 million, with that you could
properly equip all police forces in the country.

–Homicide
rates are measured by the number of corpses that go through the morgue, but
there is an additional category in public hospitals called “undetermined
violent deaths. In 2004, there were 9962 homicides reported by the morgues,
2150 for “resisting the authorities” and 4298 “undetermined violent deaths”. This
gives you 74 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than Colombia’s 54,
but that country is in the midst of a civil war.

–90,027 people
have died violently since 1999 in Venezuela. This is more than the
number that have died in Afghanistan,
Chechnya and Iraq.

–Only 7%
of homicides reach the point of someone receiving a sentence for it

–Of
executions only 1.4% of the cases ends in a sentence

–The rate
of homicides in jails is 20.6 per 1,000 inmates. In Brazil,
Argentina, Mexico and Colombia combined; the rate is 0.6
per 1,000.

–There is
an estimated 6 million weapons in Venezuela floating around, of which
only 15,000 are registered.

–In the
judiciary system, there are, according to a document by the Supreme Court, 100
civil servants with a criminal record and 40 judges with a criminal record.

Horrifying
and terrorizing statistics of the reality of this poor nation. Is it time for
divisiveness or ideology, or is it time for doing something together?

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