Attorney at Law: Venezuelan rule of law is adrift
The director of non-governmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum), Alfredo Romero, regarded decision of Venezuelan top court as a legal aberration that must be cleared out
In a video-chat with daily newspaper El Universal, the director of non-governmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal Venezolano (Venezuelan Criminal Forum), Alfredo Romero, said that the rule of law in Venezuela "is adrift" upon the ruling of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), which consents the Government's administrative continuity.
Romero asserted that the top court's decision is ambiguous and for such a reason he filed a request to elaborate on the TSJ decision that was eventually refused. "Upon this procedure, the Constitutional Court's magistrates said that I was disrespectful for having said that the January 9 ruling was a judicial aberration. The court misinterpreted the Constitution and it must be cleared out."
"Having the Constitutional Court determined that the permission granted by the National Assembly to President Hugo Chávez to undergo a surgery in Cuba did not represent a temporary absence is by no means in compliance with the Laws." Moreover, the decision supports the thesis that temporary absences are decided by the president. Hence, we requested an explanation to understand their legal basis," Romero stated.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.