At the request of defense attorneys, the 14th Control Court
resolved to adjourn for April 24th a preliminary audience
as part of a trial filed against journalist Napoléon
Bravo for alleged denigration, attorney Alberto Arteaga Sánchez
told Unión Radio.
The attorney forwarded a document stating the exception to the charges made by the Attorney General Office, including transcription of the TV show based on which Bravo is being prosecuted.
Arteaga maintained that the experts of the Scientific, Penal and Criminology Investigation Agency (Cicpc) have not endorsed the transcription, and this is a key step in the proceeding.
In the lawyer's view, denigration -the charge made against Bravo- runs counter to freedom of expression, as established in the Inter American Convention of Human Rights.
For his part, the journalist commented that a word was changed from his remarks made at the courthouse. Therefore, he deems it appropriate to review the transcription "in depth to find if it was exactly what was said."
In his opinion, a decision on his case has been made beforehand, and he fears that he will not be absolved. "This is a political trial, such as the trial against journalists Ibéyise (Pacheco), Marianella Salazar, and Gustavo Azócar. They will find me guilty."
INTERVIEW Pedro Pablo Fernández faces the tough task of the children of his kind: breaking with the label according to which he is identified as "Eduardo Fernández's son." His categorical, sound style in contrast with his father's calm, smiling mood has helped him frame his own name, in spite of father and son having similar standpoints. A deputy to the Venezuelan National Assembly, an attorney-at-law majoring in economy from the University of Colorado and holder of a Master Degree in Public Policies from Georgetown University, his solitary political performance is nevertheless controversial, particularly after his speech at the parliament during the election of its board, last January.