Opposition deputy: A former dissenter sought to buy me off
Deputy for opposition Primero Justicia party Richard Mardo said each of the contributions he received from private companies were used to help the poor. "The time has come to tell corrupt who is corrupt," Mardo claimed, in response to Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello "
Mardo said the accusations made on Tuesday at the National Assembly against his party are "one of the most horrific chapters (...) because the leading character, who led the debate, has never given an explanation to the country." Reference was made to Cabello.
Mardo claimed that former opposition deputy William Ojeda, who is now a government supporter, following instructions of Cabello, tried to buy him off in order to harm opposition leaders Julio Borges and Henrique Capriles.
"They could not buy me; they could not break my legs. I stood firm because I have a clear conscience," he said.
He said all the contributions they received from private companies were used to help the poor.
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.