National Assembly (AN) deputies agreed unanimously to refuse
the "unauthorized assumption of powers" by the constitutional
court of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ).
AN Second Vice-president Roberto Hernández proposed the move following an amendment to article 31, income tax law, as he viewed it as overstepping the legislature incumbency.
The agreement reached sets forth the creation of a committee entrusted with enquiring into a number of claims made by AN members on alleged irregularities at the constitutional court.
The committee, including Calixto Ortega, Iris Varela and Freddy Rojas, among others, will be presided over by Deputy Roberto Hernández.
AN will urge also the Moral Power to define the responsibilities, not only of hearing justice Jesús Eduardo Cabrera Romero, but all of the seven judges at the constitutional court, as well as their potential removal.
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.