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
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.
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.