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Rafael Ramirez, former president of PDVSA, under investigation for corruption

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cancun, the OAS, and Venezuela’s Prosecutor General

Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Díaz, who for years unflinchingly supported Venezuela’s government, has since late March become a strong critical voice within chavismo. Regardless of her motivations, for the first time she’s fully exercising her powers to challenge the foundations of President Nicolás Maduro’s repressive machinery. This hasn’t changed the situation on the ground, because the courts have long since been captured by the executive. But one important consequence of Ortega’s initiatives and the justice system’s reaction to them has been to create a paper trail of what is probably the heart of today’s institutional crisis in `Venezuela: the absolute lack of judicial independence. More…

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