Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz, who seems to have no problems twisting the law to suit the whims of President Hugo Chavez, says her office does not have the authority to execute arrest orders against La Piedrita’s leader, Valentin Santana.
Outstanding arrest warrants must be executed by the controlling court(s) which issued the arrest orders, and by the appropriate police entities, the AG explains.
Besides, she adds, the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela “establishes the principle that individuals can be judged (by the courts) while at liberty.” [Tell that to the civilian police officers jailed for years now on absolutely fabricated charges that they participated in an alleged coup against President Chavez in April 2002.]
Currently, there are three arrest warrants outstanding against Santana – issued in 2007, 2008 and most recently January 2009 – for charges including homicide and assault & battery, the AG says, adding that she doesn’t kow why Santana has not been detained yet.
Santana works at Central University as a security supervisor for the past 18 years, and he’s not s shirker who colelcts a salary without working. The CICPC could have detained Santana at any time they wished because they know exactly where he can be found – yet Santana remains free, publicly threatening to murder honest citizens in order to “defend” the revolution.
Separately, Ismael Garcia of Podemos says CICPC officers already tried to detain Santana and were forced to flee the 23 de enero area pursued by rock- and bottle-throwing supporters of La Piedrita. Surprising behavior for supposedly elite cops who supposedly are trained to take down dangerous felons like Santana.
Amazing how the AG defends the rule of law when it involves one of the revolution’s armed street thugs, but has no compunction about participating in the government’s attempt to frame several students for allegedly manufacturing Molotov cocktails for alleged use against government security forces during street protests.