Chávez to enact Organic Code of Criminal Procedure via enabling law
The draft law is being prepared by the Minister of Penitentiary Affairs and by the Solicitor General
Deputy Elvis Amoroso (ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, state of Aragua), the president of the National Assembly s Domestic Policy Committee, said that the Executive Office is drafting a new Organic Code of Criminal Procedure (COPP). According to Amoroso, the legal instrument is being drafted by "jurists" Iris Varela, the Minister of Penitentiary Affairs, and Solicitor General Cilia Flores.
"The proposal has about 1,000 articles, including the Environmental Criminal Law, the Law against Organized Crime and the Law on Car Theft," Amoroso said. He noted that President Hugo Chávez is to enact the law via the Enabling Law to avoid the obstacles placed by the opposition in the Venezuelan parliament.
The lawmaker said that classification of inmates is included in the draft law.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."