Inter-American Bar Association worried about Graterol's detention
The FIA has requested Venezuelan authorities the "prompt release" of attorney José Amalio Graterol
The Inter-American Bar Association (FIA) has expressed concern about the "detention and order to stand to trial" against José Amalio Graterol for obstruction of justice and voiced "support and solidarity" to Judge María Lourdes Afiuni.
The professional association, created in 1940, recounts in a press release the role of lawyers, "the purpose of which is protecting attorneys against chasing and restriction and undue meddling." It also lists among the main principles "freedom of speech on matters related to justice administration and facing criminal and civil trials as a result of their professional practice."
The FIA, devoted to exchange of professional information in the interest of the Rule of Law of democratic institutions in the Western Hemisphere, has requested Venezuelan authorities the "prompt release" of the attorney of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni. The association strongly recommended Venezuelan authorities to "abide by applicable international rules."
They also reasserted their support and solidarity with Judge Afiuni.
With reporting by Alicia De La Rosa
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