Venezuelan Supreme Court justice flees Maduro regime and is now speaking out

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Former Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice, Christian Zerpa

By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor
[email protected]

MIAMI, USA — Former Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice, Christian Zerpa, has fled to the United States to protest President Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

Zerpa, once a staunch supporter of Maduro, fled to Miami, Florida, where in an interview he told EVTV: “I’ve decided to leave Venezuela to disavow the government of Nicolas Maduro.”

Zerpa also called the last presidential elections, which saw Maduro win in a landslide that many saw as flagrantly flawed and illegal, the last straw for him and he decided to speak out against what looks like a totalitarian regime now being run by Maduro in Venezuela.

Zerpa had been a crucial ally for Maduro on the court during his tenure, writing a key legal opinion in 2016 justifying the president’s decision to strip congress of its powers.

Maduro’s ruling Socialist party had lost control of the legislature to the opposition in a landslide vote in the parliamentary elections in December, 2016.

But also in the interview with EVTV on Sunday, Zerpa called the Supreme Court “an appendage of the executive branch”, saying the president would tell justices how to rule on certain cases.

The Maduro regime has fired back on the defection of Zerpa, stating that Zerpa is a fugitive from Venezuelan justice and a pending investigation on sexual harassment claims at Zerpa’s court offices.

This is the latest, high profile defection from the Maduro regime since the political instability and humanitarian crisis began.

The last high profile defection from the Maduro regime was in August, 2017 when former prosecutor general, Luisa Marvelia Ortega Díaz, and her husband fled to Bogota, Colombia, after a warrant was issued for their arrest for what the Maduro regime said was “serious misconduct” in office.

Meanwhile, on Thursday the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) agreed “to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new term as of the 10th of January of 2019.”

The resolution was approved with 19 votes in favour, six against, eight abstentions and one absent.

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  1. We are well aware of the facts, that prior to the May 2018 elections in Venezuela and thereafter, a campaign of destabilization against the Maduro government, orchestrated by the opposition, was well underway; supported and funded by several anti-Maduro NGO foreign entities, involving a US organized media “blockade” against Venezuela, preventing the truth about the elections from being shared worldwide, meant to undermine the results in case of a win by Nicolas Maduro.

    Independent journalist and author Kevin Zeese, who attended the event, wrote in an article on “Popular Resistance”: “Upon returning to the United States from Venezuela and reading the terrible media reporting of the election, it was evident that the people of the United States are being lied to… In reality, Venezuela had free, fair and transparent elections and manages the most sophisticated and accurate voting system in the world”.

    Accordingly, this is a well-documented fact by Independents and “election observers” worldwide, that Venezuela has one of the best, if not the best electoral system in the world. Former USA President Jimmy Carter says “…As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say that the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.” The 150 observers from over 30 countries who attended “also noted the advanced nature of the election system and validated the results”.

    “Despite the boycott, Maduro received the vote of 28% of the eligible electorate, around the same as Barack Obama received in 2008 and more than he got in 2012 or Trump in 2016. The 46% turnout is similar to US turnout and much higher than countries like Chile and Switzerland.”

    In spite of the above highly acclaimed references concerning Venezuela’s electoral process, recently, we had Guyana and St Lucia voting along with the Lima Group, “that the electoral process carried out in Venezuela on May 20, 2018 lacks legitimacy due to the lack of participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the guarantees and standards necessary for a free, fair and transparent process. Consequently, [we] do not recognize the legitimacy of the new presidential term of the Nicolás Maduro regime, which will begin on January 10, 2019”. A claim devoid of fact and certainly lacks merit.

    Now, here we have Jamaica and Haiti, voting with the OAS in its resolution along the same lines, “…to remove the democratically elected Maduro from office”.

    “The resolution was approved with 19 votes in favor (Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Saint Lucia); 6 against (Bolivia, Dominica, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Venezuela); 8 abstentions (Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, and El Salvador); and one absent (Grenada).”

    One can only agree with UWI Lecturer Tennyson Joseph, when he says that Guyana, St Lucia, and Jamaica leaders, and now Haiti, are ‘nothing more than lapdog’s and blockheads’.

    As to the defection of Christian Zerpa… who fled the country under investigations by the Supreme Court for Sexual Harassment, Lascivious Acts and Psychological Violence charges, maybe he would be forgiven, shielded and welcomed by the US Supreme Court, ignored by the “Me Too” Movement as some political refugee of no interest.

  2. Youri Kemp
    Caribbean News Now associate editor;

    Mr. Kemp, you besmudge the validity of the Caribbean News Now website!
    Your biased, one-sided, Venezuelan/Maduro post, was a terribly distorted account of the actual happenings at the OAS Illegal Meeting by the Lima Group proponents and their US-Controlled Puppets!
    Luis Almagro’s out of control, illegal, overriding of the constitution of the OAS, should have been stopped, or at the very least, be accurately reported on by YOU, in your capacity as an associate editor of a major Caribbean news source, Caribbean News Now!
    I hate to think that this fine (until now) Corporation, is, as shown by your reporting, under the influence of the American Government.
    SHAME, Mr. Kemp, and, SHAME on Caribbean News Now, for being complicit with the American, Government-Controlled Content, in your reporting of this illegitimate debacle.
    Don D.

  3. Thompson:
    That’s just the countries’ which we know about!

    Check out their unreported activities in Africa. ‘AFRICOM’, is their acronym for destabilizing and regime-change there, in order to steal the natural resources of these African countries.
    France is also complicit in the same modus operandi.

    I don’t think Trump has even a remote clue as to what his Military/Industrial/Complex has been, and IS DOING, around the world.

    Add that to the crimes the US-Controlled, IMF and The World Bank, have perpetrated on poor third world countries’ (and others), around the world.

    It’s no wonder that US Government-created ‘Sanctions’, no longer have any effect on the intended victim-countries’. These countries have curtailed the use of the US$ and are using the RMB (Yuan), their own currencies, and have also set up reciprocal banks in each other’s country.

    The credibility of the US Government AND ITS CURRENCY, are coming to a GREAT SCREECHING HALT !

    Don D.

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