List of political prisoners and exiles presented to Venezuelan president
Lawyer awaits Hugo Chávez's comments
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.
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.