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Afiuni case inflames the feelings at the United Nations

Members of the UN Human Rights Committee criticized that Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz repeatedly denied the claims of abuse and mistreatment against the barred judge

JUAN FRANCISCO ALONSO |  EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday July 01, 2015  11:32 AM
The trial against the barred 31st Control Judge María Lourdes Afiuni and the ill treatment suffered while she was detained confronted on Tuesday the Venezuelan delegation who appeared at the United Nations Human Rights Committee and some of its members. The Committee assessed Venezuela's performance with regard to noncompliance with civil and political rights.

During the second and last session, expert Nigel Rodley criticized "the clear negation" of Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz with regard to the claims of mistreatment undergone by Afiuni, who faces trial for allegedly facilitating the evasion of ex-banker Eligio Cedeño. Cedeño, who had been imprisoned for two years waiting for trial, was released on parole under a precautionary measure ordered by Afiuni.

"It seems to me that such behavior is inconsistent with the position of Attorney General and UN rules," Rodley pointed out, as quoted by Efe. His comments came in reply to the remarks made on the eve by Ortega Díaz, who called into question the fact that Afiuni had been sexually abused.
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