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An Illegal Court Is in Charge of Juan Requesens Case

Every Venezuelan court must be made up by a judge, a secretary and a bailiff. One of the members of this tripod, as to the court in charge of the case of the Justice First party deputy, is usurping functions since he does not meet the requirements to hold the position. That automatically invalidates that instance. This is the most recent legal irregularity in this case, where not all officials sign their acts, lawyers do not know the file, and the Constitution has been openly violated.

01/11/2018 11:38:11

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The name of Yasmily Alexandra Rojas Guzmán bashfully appeared in some Venezuelan news portals on the evening of Monday, October 29. Shortly before, the lawyers of deputy Juan Requesens ?86 days imprisoned in El Helicoide, the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), accused of being responsible for the failed attack of August 4 against President Nicolás Maduro? revealed a key detail to the general public ?Rojas Guzmán, clerk of the trial against the deputy, is not a lawyer.

Article 510 of the Organic Code of Criminal Procedure of Venezuela provides that the individual holding that position must be a legal practitioner. Furthermore, the Venezuelan law establishes that a court is made up of a judge and a bailiff. Hence, the court in charge of Requesens’ case is not legally made up and is "invalid."