Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, the defense attorney of journalists
Marianela Salazar and Ibéyise Pacheco, announced a meeting
Tuesday to take a decision on the legal actions to be undertaken
following a review of the case file.
He explained that the decision whether Pacheco will appear to the courthouse within the next 48 hours will be discussed during the meeting. "The first sentence to nine month-imprisonment against her is conclusively final," he conceded.
"There are several alternatives that would allow for service of the sentence in freedom, and also there are other alternatives that even prevent such service. We will take these decisions and implement them right afterwards."
The 11th Execution Court issued Monday a bench warrant against Pacheco. In the meantime, the 45th Control Court ordered a trial against Salazar for slander affecting Vice-President José Vicente Rangel and Miranda Governor Diosdado Cabello.
"Technically yesterday, there were no two effective complaints against Ibéyise Pacheco. There was a second case that was settled. The party to the case, Colonel Ángel Bellorín, agreed to terminate it. There is a third complaint admitted, but its effects were stayed upon decision of the Criminal Court, Supreme Tribunal of Justice."
LOPEZ CASE HRW endorsed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' call on Venezuela to release Leopoldo López.
LOPEZ CASE Without giving many details, Venezuelan Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello has claimed he saved opposition leader Leopoldo López's life, adding that there were no negotiations whatsoever days before the dissenter turned himself in to the Bolivarian National Guard earlier this year. "He (López) knew it (information about his possible assassination), too. Why did he turn himself in? He and his family were aware of that," said the legislator in an interview with daily newspaper El Universal.
HUMAN RIGHTS The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed serious concern on Monday at the continued detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in the context of public protests that took place across Venezuela over several months starting in February this year.