Cablegate: Venezuelan Prisoner News
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UNCLAS CARACAS 002580
NSC FOR CBARTON
HQ USSOUTHCOM ALSO FOR POLAD
USAID DCHA/OTI FOR RPORTER
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM KJUS PGOV VE
SUBJECT: VENEZUELAN PRISONER NEWS
1. (U) Judge Carmen Amelia Chacin found Gen. Carlos Alfonzo
Martinez guilty of violating security zones and sentenced him
to five years probation August 9. The judge also prohibited
Alfonzo Martinez from making statements to the media as one
of the conditions of his probation. Judge Chacin found Gen.
Alfonzo Martinez innocent of encouraging rebellion, and
abandoning one's command. The defense and prosecution intend
to appeal the case.
2. (U) Separately, Judge Juan Ramon Leon Villanueva, of the
8th Control Court, ruled on August 6 that Baruta Mayor
Henrique Capriles could vote in his traditional voting center
in Las Mercedes district of Baruta during the presidential
recall referendum on August 15. The judge in the case being
tried in Tachira state against nine opposition leaders for
events that took place on April 12, 2002, also ruled that the
nine defendants could vote on August 15. Seven defendants
will vote in the prison, while two who are hospitalized will
vote in their traditional voting centers.
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