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Ex-judge: Venezuelan officials meddled in cases

tma_sierrahills Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 12:10 AM
"A former Venezuelan judge has accused President Hugo Chavez and other government and military officials of seeking to manipulate court cases in the country." This is very troubling. Would these be Venezuelan state courts? Who does this banana republic Chavez guy think he is? Holder? Obama?!

A former Venezuelan judge who was dismissed from his post for alleged ties to a prominent drug suspect has accused high-ranking officials in President Hugo Chavez's government and military of seeking to manipulate court cases in the country.

Former Supreme Court Magistrate Eladio Aponte said in an interview with the television channel SOiTV shown on Wednesday night that Chavez's office as well as top military officers had contacted him and asked him to be lenient in the case of a lieutenant who was arrested with a shipment of cocaine.

He said those who contacted him had included then-Defense Minister Raul Baduel and intelligence...