Release of political prisoners "is in the president's hands"
Opposition Deputy Edgar Zambrano plans to speak with exiles in Costa Rica and Panama
"This is in the president's (Hugo Chávez) hands," admonished on Thursday Deputy Edgar Zambrano, the head of the group of opposition Acción Democrática party at the National Assembly (AN). The officer was joined by the relatives of those who charge the Executive Office with chasing.
Zambrano met on Monday, November 12, with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro and Solicitor General Cilia Flores to assess the cases. Based on the numbers handled by some NGOs, there are 14 political prisoners in the country and hundred exiles.
The parliamentarian was set to travel on Friday to Costa Rica. There, he will meet with a group of Venezuelan exiles. "The highest number of military exiles is there," he specified. The tour will proceed tomorrow (Saturday) to Panama, with the same mission. Once the task is completed, he will return to Venezuela on Sunday, November 18. "I will probably meet with the government delegates next week," he reported.
Zambrano visited already Peru. There, he spoke with leaders Carlos Ortega, Eduardo Lapi and Oscar Pérez. In the rendezvous with Maduro and Flores, he brought forward the case files of both exiles and detainees.
The lawmaker also has plans to head to the United States, Spain and Italy, "where there is a significant number of Venezuelans" who could be benefited from the Amnesty Law submitted to the AN on Tuesday, November 6.
Zambrano is doing his best in this endeavor. Will the green light been given? "The timing is good for the Executive Power to engage in decision making," he replied. "We hope to resolve all the cases." To that end, "We will hold all the necessary meetings," he wrapped up.
Congresspersons for the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) recently submitted to the AN Secretariat the Bill on Amnesty and Political Reconciliation. The draft comprises nine articles.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.