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.
HYDROCARBONS Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Ramírez discussed on Monday with Russian authorities the status of the oil market and the sustained plunge in oil prices, the Venezuelan Foreign Office reported.
OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
PDVSA Russian oil giant Rosneft said on Monday that it had signed a new oil and byproducts supply agreement with Venezuelan state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).