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The chavismo shuffles its militants in the criminal courts

Those in Venezuela are jurists that have revolving doors. Sooner or later they have been deputies, ministers or representatives of Bolivarian associations. This report presents the conclusions of a work of data journalism that crosses the names of all the country's criminal judges with the lists of the government party, and therefore indicates that 40% of them are of chavista militancy. Among the most prominent in this case are acolytes who condemned political prisoners like Araminta González and even the first lady’s son, Walter Gavidia Flores, who was in charge of a court until 2014.

7/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Portrayed wearing a red t-shirt. Joel Dario Altuve Patiño walks confidently at the front of a crowd that raises the flags of the Bolivarian revolution. There - looking forward - he can be seen in the center of a cover photo in their social networks. But he is neither a political nor syndicate leader, let alone a grassroots militant; he is the judge in charge of the Third Trial Court of the Metropolitan Area of ??Caracas.

He is clearly a chavista. Not only it's suggested by his judgments, he’s also given away by the red cap he usually wears; he even admits it publicly in social networks. And he is not the only one: at least one in three judges of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela appears circumscribed in the lists of militants of the revolution.