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Former Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz requests asylum in Spain


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The one who was attorney general of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Diaz, has already completed the formalities of asylum application in Spain through the International Protection Area of ​​the General Directorate of the Police, as confirmed to Europa Press by legal sources close to the case.

As stated in the receipt for the presentation of the application for international protection, to which Europa Press has had access, it was signed on October 13 in Madrid. And in the statement of facts that his defense made, directed by the lawyer Ismael Oliver, it was detailed, providing documents, that had to leave the country forced by political persecution and threats.

According to Ortega Díaz’s account, in March 2017 he publicly stated that in Venezuela there had been a breakdown of the constitutional order given that, he stated, the Executive Power ignored the rule of law and the separation of powers in force in the country.

As the sources consulted say, this complaint occurred after the premises of the Prosecutor’s Office were attacked with military forces. The former attorney general affirms that the Government of Nicolás Maduro retaliated against her and her family, subjecting her to persecution and threats against her freedom and physical integrity.

This motivated him to leave the country and find refuge in Colombia, where they gave her international protection, granting her refugee status on November 27, 2018, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in accordance with the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees.

At the same time, Ortega Díaz also took steps before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in which, sources close to the former prosecutor assure, supported with forensic and documentary evidence the systematic violation of human rights by the Nicolás Maduro regime against him. Venezuelan people, political prisoners and defenseless citizens.

They indicate that this complaint led to new attacks and threats against his life and freedom. Thus, faced with the constant threats, she decided to move to Spain and request asylum, arguing that despite being protected in Colombia, she felt fear for her life since both countries share a wide border that is permeable to free transit.

In addition, he indicated when requesting asylum that the security device that was necessary in Colombia did not allow him to feel the necessary freedom to develop in daily life. And he adds that in Spain he is closer to The Hague, which would facilitate the momentum of his complaint before the International Criminal Court for human rights violations in Venezuela.

The 2017 complaint

Ortega Diaz fled to Colombia in August 2017, two weeks after being dismissed by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), as reported then by the Colombian immigration authorities, who corroborated that the former prosecutor traveled to Bogotá after arriving in Aruba in a boat.

The one who was the predecessor of the attorney general of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, would have traveled aboard a speedboat from the Paraguaná peninsula, in northwestern Venezuela, to the coasts of Aruba, in the company of her husband, deputy Germán Ferrer , and the anti-corruption prosecutor Arturo Vilar Esteves.

Ortega’s departure took place two days after the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ordered the arrest of Ferrer for alleged extortion. Tarek Williams accuses Ortega Díaz of being the “intellectual author” of the deaths and injuries left by the demonstrations against the Government of Nicolás Maduro during those months of 2017.

As a result of this accusation, in that August the Supreme Court proceeded to freeze the bank accounts of the former prosecutor and prohibited her from leaving the country. Ortega Díaz had denounced on several occasions that the Government of Nicolás Maduro had launched a political persecution against him.

The Odebrecht scandal

In fact, the former official accused Maduro of being involved in the corruption scandal of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. “We have the details of all the cooperation, amounts and characters that were enriched and that investigation involves Mr. Nicolás Maduro and his environment,” he said then, according to the newspaper ‘El Universal’.

Later, in 2018, from Switzerland, the former attorney general denounced the violation of Human Rights in Venezuela in a forum on the country held in Geneva Switzerland. In addition, Ortega Díaz confirmed that he would add new evidence before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to that already provided in 2017 against the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

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