CARACAS, Friday November 23, 2012 | Update

Molestation on Judge Afiuni to be punished "if true"

Minister of Women Nancy Pérez is certain of no related complaints about sexual assault on Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni being brought in her office

Friday November 23, 2012  02:25 PM
No complaints about alleged molestation on Judge María Lourdes Afiuni have been lodged at the Ministry of Women, Minister Nancy Pérez maintained.

Early in her arrest, Afiuni was detained in the women's prison. However, the minister vowed that "if the action turns out to be true," an inquest will be conducted and the Judge will be ensured all her rights.

"I have received no report of violence against the judge; in the event of receiving it, we will act accordingly," the senior authority told Unión Radio.

"Business as usual, some media use news and speculate on certain events without having corroborated them, just because they have a political intent. I am not saying that this is the case, yet I would like to stress that I have under an obligation to request the investigation and the revision," she clarified.

The occurrence was disclosed by Francisco Olivares, a journalist working with El Universal, in his book hot off the press "Afiuni, la presa del Comandante" (Afiuni The Commander's prisoner).

In the author's words, the event "was handled in reserve." "This is quite understandable, because such things are not easy to face in public," Olivares reasoned.
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