High court president dismisses request for a medical board
The president of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice told state-run TV channel VTV that President Hugo Chávez has the right to his privacy
"We have standing information about the health condition of the Venezuelan president," Luisa Estella Morales, the president of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), told state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) on Monday evening during an interview.
She also said that the judiciary does not deem it necessary to send a medical board to Cuba to assess the health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, as there is ongoing information on his recovery.
The senior government authority stressed that the president has the right to his privacy. Nevertheless, "all the institutions are fully informed," state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) cited.
Morales commented as well that the seven magistrates of the TSJ Constitutional Court tackled Article 231 of the Venezuelan Constitution and resolved the judgment, under which President Chávez may be sworn in as soon as the unexpected event ends.
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.