The Venezuela’s Chavistat government has indicted Venezuela’s oppositon leader and former National Assemblywoman Maria Corina Machado on conspiracy murder charges against President Nicholas Maduro.
Machado has already denied Maduros paranoid and presumed baseless accusations stating,” There are no crimes to accuse me of…. They are charging me for saying there is a dictatorship in Venezuela.
Remember, Nicholas Maduro is the same guy who said that Hugo Chavez once appeared to him in the form of a small bird.About a week or so ago:
Six other prominent opposition figures, all apparently outside Venezuela at this time, were named as being involved in the suspected plot, including former Gov. Henrique Salas Romer, former United Nations ambassador and presidential candidate Diego Arria and Robert Alonso Bustillo, the brother of actress Maria Conchita Alonso.
Also named as suspects were Ricardo Emilio Koesling Nava, Gustavo Tarre Briceño and Pedro Mario Burelli, son of a former foreign minister. Arrest warrants were issued for all the suspected plot members except Machado.-LA Times
Chavistas have been out to get Machado, and event went as far as to have her expelled from the National Assembly after she supported countrywide protests against Maduro.
Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who has been the tip of the spear in protesting the Maduro regime and all of its civil rights violations, came out condemning the indictment against Machado. Rubio also points out that the Obama Administration has yet to impose sanctions against Maduro’s regime.
“In Venezuela, the courts are rigged, judges are government pawns and justice is impossible to achieve, which is what makes Maria Corina Machado’s indictment such a travesty. The suggestion that she participated in a plot to kill Nicolás Maduro would be laughable except for the fact that the regime is using it as the basis to indict her.
“Maduro’s actions against political opponents like Ms. Machado are possible because of his efforts to subvert the independence of Venezuelan institutions, including the justice system. For example, 80 percent of Venezuelan judges and 95 percent of public prosecutors serve under a provisional status that allows Maduro to appoint them or remove them at his discretion. Other supposedly independent human rights guarantors in the Venezuelan system, such as the ombudsman, have failed to condemn the blatant human rights abuses that have taken place throughout 2014.
“When are the regime thugs responsible for at least 43 deaths and hundreds of injuries in Venezuela this year going to be brought to justice? Before the year ends, Congress should pass the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014.
It’s long overdue that the U.S. government impose visa bans and financial asset freezes against people involved in serious human rights violations against peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela, as well as those involved in the arrest or prosecution of a person due to their legitimate exercise of freedom of expression or assembly.
The Obama Administration should also use its existing authorities to immediately impose financial sanctions on individuals involved in this travesty, as well as other human rights violations by the Maduro regime since February 2014.”-Senator Marco Rubio