Venezuela sued for misappropriation of Simón Bolívar's artifacts
Venezuela borrowed the items in 2007 and never returned them
Devengoechea claims he inherited from his Colombian family a collection of artifacts, letters and historical documents that belonged to Simón Bolívar (including a lock of Bolivar's hair, which contains The Liberator's DNA, and epaulets from a uniform worn by Napoleon Bonaparte). Venezuela borrowed the items in 2007, "under the guise" of an investigative project meant to authenticate Bolívar's remains, and never returned them, despite repeated requests.
He seeks declaratory judgment that he owns the artifacts and wants them returned; or legal redress and award of compensatory damages based on the seizure of his personal goods.
The very early morning after the presidential election (April 15), both candidates requested the National Electoral Council (CNE) to conduct a full audit of the process: one, Henrique Capriles, because he asserts that the election results are different from the ones announced, and the other one, Nicolás Maduro, in order to clear any doubt regarding his victory, and to reinforce his political stance. Nevertheless, as it is already known, President Maduro changed his mind.