CARACAS, Friday November 09, 2012 | Update

List of political prisoners and exiles presented to Venezuelan president

Lawyer awaits Hugo Chávez's comments

Friday November 09, 2012  06:49 PM
Lawyer Theresly Malavé informed on Friday that a detailed report on the legal status of 36 people considered as political prisoners or exiles was submitted to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Malavé said the list would be assessed by Chávez on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they would be released on bail or pardoned.

She reminded that President Chávez raised the possibility of granting procedural benefits to political prisoners and exiles, provided that "a serious" representative of the opposition presented a report.

Malavé remarked that lawyer Hermann Escarrá has already contacted government officials and requested a meeting with the Venezuelan president to address the issue. 

Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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