CARACAS, Monday September 03, 2007 | Update
Trade union leader Carlos Ortega, who fled from prison one
year ago and was granted political asylum by the Peruvian
government, is presently in Lima, reported Venezuelan ambassador
Armando José Laguna.
"We handle information about Mr. Ortega being here in Peru. As a matter of fact, we have pictures of him in a restaurant here in Lima," the diplomat told AFP.
Laguna noted that so far, his embassy had no official information about the case of Ortega, former president of the Venezuelan Workers Confederation (CTV), and added that the mission was waiting for a related notice from Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs José García Belaunde.
García Belaunde said on the eve that Ortega had been granted asylum "for humanitarian reasons."
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.