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OAS General Secretariat urges Caribbean to ignore extradition requests from Venezuela

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Added 22 August 2018

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WASHINGTON – The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) is urging Caribbean and other countries in the hemisphere to ignore all acts by the Supreme Court of Justice in Venezuela, including extradition requests.

The OAS General Secretariat said that the only democratic institutions in Venezuela, “due to their constitutional origin, their composition in accordance with constitutional procedures and their functions,” are the National Assembly; the legitimate Supreme Court of Justice and the Attorney General.

“Only the acts of these three institutions have the legitimacy and legality that demand compliance by all state entities in Venezuela, and their validation by the Inter-American and international community,” the OAS said in a statement.

It said: “Venezuela is a dictatorship, the National Constituent Assembly was elected through fraud, and the Executive Power and the Electoral Power have illegitimate origins, and the procedures for the composition of their highest magistrates have been either unconstitutional or fraudulent.”

In addition to principles and values, the OAS said “there is a need to translate the legal and political consequences of the breakdown of the institutional order in Venezuela into practice.

“In recent days, we have witnessed spurious extradition requests made by the illegitimate supreme court of justice of the dictatorship headed by its illegal president Maikel Moreno,” the OAS General Secretariat said.

It said “these ‘extradition requests,’ linked to the alleged attack against Nicolás Maduro, are flawed and should be ignored by the international community because the body that issues them is fraudulent, its members are impostors, and their positions illegal”.

Opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations to force the Maduro government out of office. (CMC)

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