Victims of terrorism exact Venezuela to stop protecting ETA members
The letter aimed at reaching Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro at the Cádiz meeting, recounts the international agreements that ban States from sheltering suspects of felony and crimes against humanity
The sister of councilor Gregorio Ordóñez, murdered by the ETA, gave the news to the media after a hearing before Eloy Velasco, the judge of the National High Court, to brief on a meeting with a military officer in a Venezuelan prison where data on the links between ETA and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) was supplied, Efe cited.
Ordóñez thinks that the Venezuelan case is "most serious." She remembered that at least 50 "protected" ETA members "abound at ease, hold high positions in the Venezuelan government and they are senior businessmen."
Covite included its request in a letter forwarded on Monday to Venezuelan Ambassador to Madrid, Bernardo Álvarez Herrera. The NGO claimed in the notice to have collected "strong evidence and testimony" on the current presence in that country of numerous ETA members involved in terrorist attacks.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.