Judge Afiuni taken to the Attorney General Office
"The reasons for the transfer are unknown," reads a message from the Judge's brother, Nelson Afiuni
"At this moment, Judge Afiuni is in the Attorney General Office, we do not know the reason for her transfer. Stay on the alert," the message reads.
For his part, Afiuni's attorney, José Amalio Graterol, labeled the event as "weird, abnormal." In his view, the action gives rise to speculation, because the access of her attorneys was banned.
"We do not know whether it is a new indictment or Dr. Afiuni was called to a private meeting with the public prosecutor who accused her," the lawyer explained.
Last Friday, November 23, journalist Francisco Olivares, the head of the section of investigative journalism at daily newspaper El Universal, released his work "Afiuni, La Presa del Comandante" (Afiuni: The Pray of the Commander). In the book, the magistrate confessed that she was sexually abused during her stay in jail.
Last Monday, Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz claimed that no complaint had been received at her office in this regard and she asked the Judge's defense attorneys to act accordingly in order to commence an investigation.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.