Attorneys of Luis Velázquez Alvaray, former justice
of the Constitutional Court, Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ),
claimed that the Directorate for Intelligence, Security and
Prevention (Disip) is "persecuting and intimidating" the former
director of the Judiciary Steering Committee (DEM) and his
Since June 8th, when the National Assembly removed Velázquez Alvaray from his position, there has been no word on his whereabouts. On Monday, his lawyers would not disclose the place where Velázquez Alvaray is, but did argue that Disip is monitoring the house of Velázquez Alvaray -also a former lawmaker- and his family, both in Caracas and southwestern Barinas state.
They have even received threatening phone calls that their assets will be seized.
Velázquez Alvaray's attorneys insisted that a court issued a bench warrant against the former justice.
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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.
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