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Venezuela: Blanco released on bail, still faces trial

, Index number: AMR 53/005/2010

Richard Blanco was released on 6 April 2010. He still faces trial and is obliged to present himself in court every 15 days. He cannot leave the country without the court's permission, and cannot speak to journalists about the trial. He has declared that he will be a candidate in the elections to the National Assembly in September.

Further information on UA: 346/09 Index: AMR 53/005/2010 Venezuela Date: 09 April 2010
URGENT ACTION
BLANCO RELEASED ON BAIL, STILL FACES TRIAL
Richard Blanco was released on 6 April. He still faces trial, and is obliged to present himself in
court every 15 days. He cannot leave the country without the court's permission, and cannot
speak to journalists about the trial. He has declared that he will be a candidate in the elections
to the National Assembly in September.
Oswaldo Álvarez Paz and Judge María Lourdes Afiuni are still in prison. Oswaldo Álvarez Paz was arrested on 22
March, and Judge María Lourdes Afiuni on 10 December. TV station owner Guillermo Zuloaga and opposition
member of parliament Wilmer Azuaje are still facing prosecution on charges that appear to be politically motivated.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Spanish or your own language:
Urging the authorities to bring Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni and Oswaldo Álvarez Paz to trial in proceedings that
meet international fair trial standards, or else release them immediately;
Urging the authorities to drop charges that are fabricated, or not recognizably criminal offences, brought for
political reasons against its critics.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 21 MAY 2010 TO:
Minister of Interior and Justice
Sr. Tarek El Aissami
Ministerio del Poder Popular para
Relaciones Interiores y Justicia
Av. Urdaneta, Edif. Sede MIJ, Piso 1,
Carmelitas, Caracas, Venezuela
Fax: +58 212 506 1557
Salutation: Señor Ministro/Dear
Minister
Attorney General
Dra. Luisa Ortega Díaz
Fiscalía General de la República
Avda. México, Manduca a Pelelojo,
Edif. Sede Fiscalía General de la
República, La Candelaria, Caracas,
Venezuela
Fax: +58 212 509 8504
Email: mp@fiscalia.gov.ve
Salutation: Señora Fiscal General/
Dear Attorney General
And copies to:
Amnesty International Venezuela
CCS182576 Av Venezuela,
Edif. Venezuela PB Local 5,
Casillero 936
El Rosal, Caracas 1060
Venezuela
Email: info@aiven.org
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending
appeals after the above date.
This is the second update of UA 346/09. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR53/009/2009/en
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR53/004/2010/en
Further information on UA: 346/09 Index: AMR 53/005/2010 Issue Date: 09 April 2010

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