Panama Ambassador urges OAS to gain a sense of Judge Afiuni's case
Panamanian Ambassador to the Organization of American States referred to Afiuni's accounts of sexual abuse during her detention in a Venezuelan prison. Her experience is told in a book recently written by Francisco Olivares, the head of the section of Investigative Journalism of daily newspaper El Universal
During the OAS's session, the Panamanian ambassador urged the members of the organization to get familiar with the situation that Afiuni is going through. "The time is now," Cochez said.
During his intervention, the ambassador explained he does not intend "to determine the truth about the facts surrounding Afiuni's imprisonment. However, in view of the statements expressed in UN reports, as well as those from organizations from civil society, and a wide sector of Venezuela, our duty is to call for information on the case."
Meanwhile, Afiuni's trial began on Wednesday. International observer Claudio Morer Jiménez and some representatives from Canada and the EU were present. Afiuni refused to appear in court, yet a recent amendment to the Organic Code on Criminal Procedure allows trial hearings in the absence of the defendant.
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.