Nicolás Maduro does not like to be called a dictator, but does everything in his power to earn such a title every single day. A decision of his government to imprison and prosecute Santiago Guevara, a professor of the University of Carabobo, through the military courts is inadmissible.
It is a decision that draws with precision how far the rulers of this country are willing to go.
The use of the civil justice system to repress dissent seems not to be working as well as it should for the Government anymore and for that reason Sebin, Venezuela’s political police force, is trying to get the control of the courts of justice by forcing some of their judges to comply with its orders.
On two occasions, members of Sebin have attempted to force two judges to deliver the sentence they wanted, which was no other than not releasing the detainees they brought to justice, even if there were no reasons justifying it.
One of the judges decided to resign as the trial was being held, but the Sebin officers found another one to comply with their orders.
It is just as serious that citizens who have already been released by the courts of justice are still being held in Sebin detention facilities, because the head of that police force, Gen. Gustavo González López, refuses to do so.
In this situation have been, for months, seven members of the Caracas Chacao Municipality Police, as well as former student leader Yon Goicoechea, whose release was ordered over two months ago. This type of behavior began when the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic decided to act a little more attached to the law and not the usual way. Ultimately, this decision from Luisa Ortega Díaz was not welcomed by the country’s rulers.
However, we remind her that not complying with the decisions of the courts of justice is a serious criminal offense, so we hope she keeps doing the right thing. The Ombudsman should take action on this matter as well, but unfortunately we have little faith in Tarek William Saab. In any case, the two of them represent a power that must demonstrate that it is so at all times. A power that must demonstrate they are not mere adornments.