The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, Humberto Prado, assured that the dictatorship’s chains of command must be nervous given the statements of the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, in which she indicated that her office is close to deciding whether the case of Venezuela goes into the next phase.
Ms. Bensouda revealed that there is reasonable basis to believe that, since April 2017, members of the FANB and pro-regime individuals have committed crimes against humanity; incarceration or other serious deprivation of liberty, in violation of fundamental norms of international law.
“The information available to the Prosecutor’s Office provides a reasonable basis to believe that the members of the security forces presumably responsible for the material commission of these crimes include: PNB, SEBIN, Dgcim, FAES, Cicpc, GNB, CONAS,” said the ICC prosecutor.
Commissioner Prado also highlighted how Ms. Fatou Bensouda denied the statements of regime officials, such as Tarek William Saab, who assured that the international organization had denied the Venezuelan State the right to a defense.
“With all due respect, this is incorrect. My office has engaged extensively with Venezuela, even with the highest authorities,” Ms. Bensouda responded.
The instance is currently evaluating the complementarity of the Court to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity. In the next few days it will announce whether to open a formal investigation.
This phase would correspond to the indictment of officials of the Chavista regime responsible for the systematic and generalized violations of human rights.
Commissioner Prado pointed out that this decision “will be in recognition of the victims and the human rights NGOs that have enjoined these international bodies to investigate the violations that have been committed such as torture, disappearances, persecution and sexual crimes.”