BOGOTA – Venezuela’s former Attorney General Luisa Ortega said on Tuesday in Bogota that neither the rule of law nor democracy exists in her country any longer.
“I want you to know that in Venezuela there exists neither rule of law nor democracy nor any freedom,” said Ortega, who was dismissed from her position last Aug. 5 by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).
“In Venezuela there is a breakdown in the constitutional order,” Ortega added during a conference on human rights in Colombia, organized by the Political Science, Government and International Relations Faculty of Rosario University.
At the event, the former attorney general also said the situation in Venezuela “is getting worse very quickly, above all since the National Constituent Assembly began to function. I call it the Presidential Constituent Assembly because it exists to satisfy the whims of the president of Venezuela,” Nicolas Maduro.
In Ortega’s opinion, “this is a totally corrupt procedure, where the president of the republic has appropriated the role of sovereign. Our constitution expressly states that the calling of a National Constituent Assembly can only be done by the true sovereign: the people.”
Luisa Ortega left Venezuela last Aug. 18 and went to Colombia via Aruba.
Her husband, Chavista lawmaker Germin Ferrer, also had to leave Venezuela when an arrest warrant was issued against him after he was accused of taking part in an extortion scheme operating from the Attorney General’s Office.