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Venezuela/Mexico: Former Venezuelan prosecutor meets Mexican attorney general

September 1, 2017

Venezuela's former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz speaks during a news conference at the General Prosecutor's office in San Jose

Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega met Mexico’s attorney general on Thursday, a Mexican official said, weeks after she fled her homeland accusing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in corruption.

Ortega, who was removed from her position earlier this month, said a week ago she had evidence that Maduro was involved in graft with construction company Odebrecht.

The 59-year-old Ortega has said she would give details of the corruption cases to authorities in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

Mexican attorney general Raul Cervantes met Ortega for around 10 minutes in Mexico City, an official at the attorney general’s office said. He gave no further details of the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Late on Thursday, Ortega posted a picture on Twitter of herself with Cervantes in Mexico, saying the two had met to “coordinate actions in the fight against corruption.”

Pictures posted on social media earlier on Thursday showed Ortega arriving at Mexico City airport.

Ortega says she has been persecuted by opponents in an effort to hide details of high-level corruption and that she has proof of it.

She was a key player in Venezuela’s government before breaking with it in March. Ortega left Venezuela for Colombia and traveled to Brazil to meet prosecutors last week.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-venezuelan-prosecutor-meets-mexican-attorney-general-031351040–sector.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuelan-president-maduro-address-u-n-human-rights-134715018.html

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/09/04/international-effort-to-declare-venezuelan-regime-a-criminal-organization/

http://www.europe1.fr/international/venezuela-lex-procureure-en-fuite-remet-des-documents-au-mexique-3425237 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lafm.com.co/internacional/exfiscal-luisa-ortega-dice-ya-entrego-informacion-importante-corrupcion-venezuela/ (ESPANOL)

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Venezuela/Colombia: Le parcours de Luisa Ortega, procureure générale au Venezuela contrainte à l’exil

le 29 août, 2017

Luisa Ortega lors d'une conférence de presse à San Jose le 28 août 2017

Le 5 août, le couperet tombe: Luisa Ortega est écartée de ses fonctions de procureure générale au Venezuela, après des semaines passées à dénoncer la radicalisation du président socialiste Nicolas Maduro.

Son éviction a été décidée par la toute nouvelle et toute puissante Assemblée constituante, voulue par le président Maduro mais décriée par une grande partie de la communauté internationale.

– La perte des illusions –

Chaviste (du nom du défunt Hugo Chavez, président de 1999 à 2013) de la première heure, Luisa Ortega, 59 ans, perd toutes ses illusions quand une violente crise politique commence à enflammer le pays début avril.

Cette avocate de formation, connue pour sa force de caractère, critique tour-à-tour la violence des forces de l’ordre dans les manifestations, le jugement de civils devant des tribunaux militaires ou encore la légitimité de la Constituante, élue dans le sang fin juillet.

«C’est une dictature!», dénonce-t-elle face aux journalistes.

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/08/29/le-parcours-de-luisa-ortega-procureure-generale-au-venezuela-contrainte-a-l-exil_1592603

http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/monde/story/La-Constituante-accuse-des-opposants-de-trahison-23838199

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/30/au-venezuela-un-rapport-de-l-onu-accable-le-regime-de-maduro_5178603_3222.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1504102681

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/31/escalade-de-la-repression-au-venezuela_5178810_3222.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1504161485

http://www.entornointeligente.com/articulo/22666/Fiscal-Luisa-Ortega-se-reuni (ESPANOL)

http://elperiodicodemexico.com/nota.php?id=865557 (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-reunio-con-presidente-corte-interamericana_201086 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/internacionales/438430-farc-santos-deberia-promover-dialogo-venezuela/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.finanzas.com/noticias-001/todos/20170830/venezuela-comienza-perseguir-decreto-3679277.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/venezuelas-ousted-prosecutor-says-the-government-is-trying-to-kill-her-36079996.html (ENGLISH)

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22007&LangID=E (ENGLISH)

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-08/luisa-ortega-diaz-kolumbien-nicolas-maduro-vorwurf (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Exiled Attorney General Says Venezuelan Regime Sent Paid Assassins After Her

August 25, 2017

Venezuelan Regime

The Attorney General of Venezuela Luisa Ortega Diaz claimed this week that Nicolás Maduro’s regime sent “assassins” to kill her once she began to speak out about the country’s broken democracy and human rights violations.

Ortega, who recently escaped from the country and is seeking asylum in the United States, gave an interview to the German magazine Der Spiegel in which she confessed to feeling unsafe even while abroad, as the regime could be hiring someone to kill her outside the country as well.

It was the first interview that Ortega gave since leaving Venezuela, and in it she documents how Maduro and his closest allies were using public funds for personal financial benefit.

Ortega detailed how the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has caused scandal in a handful of countries around Latin America for bribing politicians in exchange for project contracts, paid Diosdado Cabello US $100 million through a Spanish third party.

“We are facing a group of people who are not statesmen, but criminals,” Ortega said.

She went on to explain that she decided to leave Venezuela after receiving multiple threats. Government officials issued a warrant for the arrest of her husband, Deputy Germán Ferrer, claiming that he ran a million-dollar extortion ring.

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/08/25/exiled-attorney-general-says-venezuelan-regime-sent-paid-assassins-after-her/

http://qctimes.com/business/the-latest-maduro-wants-opponents-investigated-for-treason/article_b84e1b54-ca57-50e4-8fb5-d3dd8230d0fa.html

https://www.voanews.com/a/medical-transfer-sought-for-detained-venezuelan-judge/4000707.html

http://verfassungsblog.de/venezuela-lessons-of-a-crisis-written-on-the-wall/

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/luisa-ortega-diaz-denuncia-que-han-enviado-sicarios-buscarla_200512 (ESPANOL)

http://www.paginasiete.bo/planeta/2017/8/26/ortega-denuncia-maduro-envio-sicarios-busca-149712.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ortega-diaz-compara-gobierno-maduro-con-dictadura-argentina-los_200686 (ESPANOL)

http://www.diariodecuba.com/internacional/1503827391_33559.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.elobservador.com.uy/las-dos-caras-la-exfiscal-luisa-ortega-n1110613 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elsoldemargarita.com.ve/posts/post/id:194922/Luisa-Ortega_-Democracias-necesitan-medios-de-comunicaci%C3%B3n-libres (ESPANOL)

https://noticias.caracoltv.com/colombia/tres-magistrados-del-tribunal-supremo-de-venezolana-llegaron-colombia-por-presunta-persecucion (ESPANOL)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20170827-venezuela-maduro-chavisme-violences-crise-politique-sociale-economique-ortega (FRANCAIS)

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/venezuela-generalstaatsanwaeltin-luisa-ortega-diaz-ueber-ihre-flucht-a-1164585.html (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Turkey/Poland: Ces magistrats qui défient des régimes autoritaires

le 25 août, 2017

Quelques cas emblématiques de magistrats qui, comme l’ex-procureure vénézuélienne Luisa Ortega, se sont dressés contre des régimes autoritaires dans le monde.

– Pologne: la Cour suprême en ligne de mire –

La présidente de la Cour suprême polonaise Malgorzata Gersdorf s’élève contre des réformes judiciaires de la majorité conservatrice, contestées par des manifestations massives et qui pourraient déclencher des sanctions de l’Union européenne.

– Turquie: plus de 4.000 magistrats radiés –

Depuis le putsch manqué du 15 juillet 2016, le gouvernement turc a lancé des purges d’une ampleur inédite, avec le limogeage ou la suspension de plus de 140.000 personnes dont plus de 4.000 juges, procureurs et autre membres du ministère de la Justice.

Aydin Sefa Akay, l’un des magistrats du Mécanisme pour les tribunaux internationaux des Nations unies (MTPI), a été condamné en mai en à sept ans et demi de prison pour appartenance à la mouvance du prédicateur Fethullah Gülen, accusé d’avoir ourdi la tentative de putsch.

Le juge, qui nie farouchement les accusations, a été condamné en raison de la présence sur son téléphone de l’application de messagerie cryptée Bylock, utilisée selon les autorités par les putschistes. Il est libre en attendant l’appel, interdit de sortie du territoire.

En 2014, le gouvernement avait déjà procédé à des milliers de mutations de magistrats après l’éclatement d’un scandale de corruption éclaboussant le régime du Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ce dernier a accusé le prédicateur Gülen d’être à l’origine des accusations et d’avoir comploté pour provoquer sa chute.

http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/ces-magistrats-qui-defient-des-regimes-autoritaires-1ca525d2d9138a0b1136ba4871ede09b

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/225963-Judges-who-took-on-authoritarian-regimes (ENGLISH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Colombia Says Venezuela’s Dissident Ex-prosecutor May Freely Travel

August 24, 2017

Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, left, talks with her counterparts during a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc prosecutors, in Brasilia, Brazil, Aug. 23, 2017. Brazil's attorney general is sharply criticizing the recent ouster of his cou

Venezuela’s former top prosecutor, who fled to neighboring Colombia last week, may freely enter and leave the Andean country for the next six months, Bogota said on Thursday, in a move likely to anger President Nicolas Maduro.

Following the removal of the former prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, from her post after she accused Maduro of violating human rights and eroding democracy, she fled Venezuela for Colombia last week with her lawmaker husband.

Trip to Brazil

Ortega then traveled to meet with regional prosecutors in Brazil, where she said on Wednesday she had evidence Maduro was engaged in corruption in the food industry and linked top Socialist Party officials to the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht’s region-wide bribery scandal.

Venezuela’s government, which says Ortega is a traitor and hypocrite, has said it requested an Interpol arrest warrant for Ortega and her spouse, German Ferrer.

https://www.voanews.com/a/colombia-says-venezuela-dissident-ex-prosecutor-may-freely-travel/4000122.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41041585

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/24/545901878/venezuelan-prosecutor-accuses-president-maduro-of-corruption

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450787/venezuela-democracy-collapse-dictatorship-hunger-explained

https://www.ft.com/content/8118595c-8998-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7

https://www.icj.org/venezuela-rule-of-law-and-impunity-crisis-deepens/

http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20170825-venezuela-nicolas-maduro-suspend-chaines-colombiennes-caracol-rcn (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lecho.be/dossier/portraits/Luisa-Ortega-procureure-generale-et-activiste-rebelle/9925774?ckc=1&ts=1503634417 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.romandie.com/news/Odebrecht-ou-la-fabrique-internationale-de-la-corruption/826599.rom (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elpais.com.uy/informacion/luisa-ortega-uruguay-delitos-venezuela.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/mundo/fiscal-chileno-ofrecio-asilo-luisa-ortega-diaz_200370 (ESPANOL)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2017/08/25/599f9c57468aeb50488b45c9.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.radioformula.com.mx/notas.asp?Idn=708104&idFC=2017 (ESPANOL)

http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/internacional/491562/magistrados-llevaran-a-maduro-ante-corte-penal-internacional.html (ESPANOL)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/ultimas-noticias/efe/2017/08/25/ex-procuradora-geral-da-venezuela-deixa-o-brasil-e-retorna-a-colombia.htm (PORTUGUES)

http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2017/08/24/news/venezuela_la_procuratrice_anti-maduro_ai_giudici_dell_america_latina_il_presidente_e_corrotto_indagate_ho_le_prove_in_u-173776262/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/venezuela-generalstaatsanwaeltin-luisa-ortega-diaz-ueber-ihre-flucht-a-1164585.html (DEUTSCH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Ortega_D%C3%ADaz

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Ortega_D%C3%ADaz (FRANCAIS)

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Ortega_D%C3%ADaz (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil: Venezuela’s ousted prosecutor accuses Nicolas Maduro of corruption

August 24, 2017

venezuela crisis, venezuela protests, nicolas maduro,  Luisa Ortega Diaz, nicolas maduro corruption 

Venezuela’s recently ousted chief prosecutor accused President Nicolas Maduro and several allies on Wednesday of participating in acts of corruption, saying she would turn over proof that would help other countries prosecute. Venezuela’s government quickly fired back, accusing Luisa Ortega Diaz of “grave moral and ethical infractions.”

Ortega spoke during a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc prosecutors in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. Ortega was removed by a new, pro-government constitutional assembly in early August after breaking with Venezuela’s socialist government. She fled abroad with her husband, whose arrest was ordered by the country’s supreme court.

“I want to denounce, in front of the world, a grave situation in Venezuela: that of excessive corruption,” Ortega said. “Because of that reason, (Maduro’s administration) is violating the constitution and law to protect itself.” Ortega said she had evidence implicating Maduro and other top officials in corruption involving Brazilian constructor Odebrecht and other companies.

Ortega told reporters after the meeting that Maduro loyalist Diosdado Cabello received $100 million from Odebrecht via a Spanish company called TSE Arietis, which was owned by cousins of Cabello. She also claimed that Maduro was the owner of a Mexican company that Venezuela had contracted to provide basic foodstuffs. She said Group Grand Limited was registered in Mexico under the names Rodolfo Reyes, Alvaro Pulido Vargas and Alex Saab, but that Maduro was the real owner.

“It’s impossible for cases to be investigated in Venezuela,” said Ortega, adding that she was providing documentation to the United States, Brazil, Colombia and Spain. Ortega’s claims could not be immediately verified. Emails sent to Group Grand Limited and TSE Arietis seeking comment were not returned.

Venezuela’s ousted prosecutor accuses Nicolas Maduro of corruption

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41031469

https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/latin-america/179827-venezuela-lawless-maduro-critic-luisa-ortega

http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/24/venezuela-ortega-slams-muduro

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11910372

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/venezuela-police-broadcast-raid-rebel-prosecutor-luisa-ortegas/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41041585

http://fr.euronews.com/2017/08/24/luisa-ortega-compte-prouver-que-ladministration-maduro-est-corrompue (FRANCAIS)

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20170824.OBS3724/venezuela-luisa-ortega-l-ex-procureure-en-fuite-accuse-maduro-de-corruption.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/08/24/luisa-ortega-commence-le-grand-deballage-sur-la-corruption-au-venezuela_5176023_3222.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/venezuela/venezuela-qui-est-luisa-ortega-l-ex-procureure-chaviste-exilee-au-bresil-apres-s-etre-opposee-au-president-maduro_2339421.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Ameriques/Tensions-diplomatiques-autour-Venezuela-2017-08-24-1200871719 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/gobierno/diosdado-cabello-respondio-las-acusaciones-ortega-diaz_200276 (ESPANOL)

http://it.euronews.com/2017/08/24/ortega-diaz-forniro-prove-della-corruzione-di-maduro (ESPANOL)

http://www.infobae.com/america/venezuela/2017/08/24/la-dictadura-de-maduro-retiro-la-emision-de-los-canales-colombianos-caracol-television-y-rcn/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.semana.com/mundo/articulo/maduro-saca-del-aire-a-caracol-television-y-rcn–almagro-critica-la-decision/537506 (ESPANOL)

http://pt.euronews.com/2017/08/24/ex-procuradora-geral-ataca-maduro (PORTUGUES)

http://de.euronews.com/2017/08/24/geschasste-staatsanwaltin-droht-maduro (DEUTSCH)

Venezuela/Chile: Chile grants political asylum to 5 Venezuelan judges

August 22, 2017

Chile has granted political asylum to five Venezuelans who have been threatened by the government-stacked Supreme Court after being named to the court by the opposition-controlled congress.

Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz announced Tuesday that the judges who sought refuge at the home of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas will be allowed to reside in Chile.

The Chilean government has asked President Nicolas Maduro to let them leave the country.

Venezuela’s congress named 33 new judges to the Supreme Court in late July. But the court said they had illegally usurped power and would face consequences.

A new, all-powerful constitutional assembly approved a decree Friday to take over congress’ power to pass legislation on important matters. Dozens of foreign governments have refused to recognize the assembly.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/22/chile-grants-political-asylum-to-5-venezuelan-judges.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-venezuelan-asylees-20170822-story.html

Chile grants political asylum to 5 Venezuelan judges

https://www.efe.com/efe/english/world/chile-grants-asylum-to-5-venezuelan-judges/50000262-3358466

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2442347&CategoryId=10717