Costa Rica News – A Costa Rican jurist investigates whether the government of Nicolas Maduro committed crimes against humanity. This jurist is part of a panel created by the Organization of American States.
The alleged crimes against humanity happened in Venezuela and merit trial at the International Criminal Court.
The Secretary General of the OAS considers there to be evidence pointing to the systematic, tactical and strategic use of murder, imprisonment, torture, rape and sexual violence as tools to terrorize the Venezuelan people.
At least 125 people died since April in protests against Maduro’s government and the creation of a Constituent Assembly with superpowers.
Luisa Ortega was dismissed by this assembly from her post as general prosecutor. She claims to have evidence of torture and imprisonment without judicial support.
The conclusive report of the hearings will be given in October. Venezuela claims the hearings constitute an “illegal practice” but the country is part of the Rome Statute so the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction to act if it deems it necessary.