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Judge Jails Alleged Killers of Robert Serra

A judge in Caracas ordered to imprison Eduwin Torres and Carlos Garcia, the two alleged killers of the Venezuelan deputy Robert Serra.

The decision was announced after the judge admitted the accusations of murder and conspiracy against the two suspected criminals requested by the prosecutor, according to a press release.

“A court with control functions of the Criminal Judicial Circuit Caracas ordered to imprison of Eduwin Torres and Carlos Garcia for being allegedly linked to the murder of deputy Robert Serra and his companion Maria Herrera,” says AVN.

Both Torres and Garcia will remain at the Bolivarian Intelligence Agency, (SEBIN in Spanish) headquarters, in Caracas, and may face 30 years behind bars.

On October 1st, Serra, 27, the youngest deputy of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and Herrera were murdered inside Serra's house in La Pastora, in the west of Caracas.

The Interior Ministry said that their murder was planned. The Ministry cited evidence that indicated both suspects had carried out surveillance activities around Serra’s house before the murder.

 

Authorities Investigate Serra’s Body Images Leak

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan authorities also revealed that the leak of Serra’s body images is being investigated by Maria Perdomo, Prosecutor of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas.

Last week, a Twitter user, who identifies himself as Victor Ugar uploaded two photos of Serra’s body, which prompted a wave of criticism.

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Colombian Paramilitary Murdered Legislator Serra

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, revealed on Wednesday details of the investigation into the murder of legislator Robert Serra.

The young legislator and his partner were murdered in their apartment two weeks ago.

Maduro spoke from the presidential palace, in Caracas and live on public television, calling for the elemination of both local and foreign terrorist groups active in Venezuela, "plotting" to destablize the country.

"Be absolutely certain that we will get to the masterminds of Serra’s murder inside and outside the country,” he said.

President Maduro asserted that Serra’s assassination was planned by a paramilitary leader in Colombia. He did not identify the leader but explained that he hired a Venezuelan gang to kill Serra. Maduro alleged that Serra's body guard Torres Camacho, was also directly involved. Maduro said the assassination was another attempt to destabilize Venezuela. 

The leader of the local gang was identified as “The Colombian” Padilla Leyva. People wanted by the Venezuelan courts for the crime include "El Poli" (arrested) who declared in a video that they were practising the crime and checking the apartment, Farinez Palomino, "El Eme", Carlos Garcia Martinez, "Tintin"; Johnny Padilla, "Oreja"; Danny Salinas; Antonio Vegas, "El Toni" (arrested).

"The assasination was planned three months before hand," said Maduro.

During the press conference, Maduro presented a series of videos in which one of the alleged murderers of Serra and his partner, Maria Herrera, confess that they are part of the paramilitary gang leaded by “The Colombian.”

The first video, from security cameras, showed Serra´s chief of security staff, Edwin Torres, and five others enter Serra´s house. Five minutes later, they run out and ride away on motorcycles. Two other men were waiting for them.

All the gang members have been identified by Venezuela police.

Maduro also announced a hotline so anyone who has information on paramilitary groups and on Serra’s assassination can provide it to the government.

Before the presentation of the of the videos, Maduro recalled all the violent incidents that, according to authorities, are or have been planned by terrorists groups controlled by the far right opposition in Venezuela and abroad, specifically in Miami, and Colombia.

The president said that in the upcoming days, his administration will provide evidence of terrorist leaders living in Miami to U.S. authorities. Venezuela has filed a request to Interpol.

Maduro reminded the press that Venezuelan police arrested, earlier this year, a group of Colombian paramilitary who travelled to Venezuela to kill top ranking politicians.

He also condemned the assassination of Eliezer Otisa, a popular member of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), on April 28, and slammed the violent demonstrations prompted by the oppostition in which over 40 of people were killed.

Paramilitaries Planned to Murder More Venezuelan Government Figures

VenezuelanPresidentNicolas Maduro revealed on Wednesday that Colombian-led paramilitary cells were planning to murder Parliament President Diosdado Cabello and Minister of Education Hector Rodriguez.

According to Maduro, those behind the killing of National Assembly member Robert Serra were also planning to kill Cabello just days after killing Serra. They also planned to murder Rodriguez in his home, and other government figures were being targeted.

“Two days after (Serra's murder) they tried to kill Diosdado Cabello, and we stopped it. A sniper tried to kill Hector Rodriguez (…) our information shows they were going to target our government,” explained Maduro.

During the press conference which revealed updates on the ongoing investigation on Serra's murder, the president also revealed that several plots by these paramilitary cells were stopped by the government.

“You do not know how many events and terrorist attempts we have stopped, seizing their direct authors, as happened some days before the assassination of our young martyr Robert Serra, when we captured three different groups which would have planted bombs across Caracas,” said Maduro.

He added that the destabilisation campaign would have been directed by a Colombian paramilitary leader linked to former Colombian President and now Senator Alvaro Uribe Velez.

Maduro criticized the attitude of the Venezuelan opposition, explaining his government gave all of the evidence found about the plots to all of the opposition leaders.  

A group of Municipal Counselors sent a formal request on Wednesday to the Attorney General, to investigate opposition leader Maria Corina Machado over her links to Colombian paramilitary groups and her possible role in the assassination of Robert Serra.

Several weeks before being murdered, Serra denounced a plan by Venezuelan violent opposition groups led by Saleh to kill a number of government figures and left-wing activists.

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Venezuela Wins UN Security Council Seat

Venezuela Wins UN Security Council Seat
October16th 2014. TeleSUR. -With 181 votes in favour, Venezuela wins a seat at the UN Security Council. Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand are also elected members. Spain won the last seat in a separate vote.

As of January 1, 2015 Venezuela will sit alongside the five permanent UNSC members – Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, and the United States – along with other non-permanent members taking up rotating seats. It will be for the two years period from 2015-2017.

As Venezuela replaces Argentina, Angola will represent Africa as Rwanda bows out, Malaysia will fill the Asian seat when South Korea leaves and New Zealand will take Australia's place. In a different vote Spain won the last seat and will replace Luxembourg.

"This triumph is dedicated to Hugo Chávez," Venezuela's foreign minister Rafael Ramirez Carreño said while announcing the win. "It's also the result of a long and sustained effort of president Nicolas Maduro when he decided to move forward with its model of the peaceful settlement of conflicts, which has been so successful domestically."

He also added that, "The historic success of Venezuela shows clearly the wide support that our revolution has internationally, as a supporter of peace, social justice, solidarity, and respect of human rights."

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro also thanked the international community. Through his twitter account he said, "Victory of our homeland in the U.N., I thank, in the name of our people, the 181 countries that supported us for U.N. Security Council."

While Venezuela, Angola and Malaysia ran unopposed in the vote, Spain, Turkey and New Zealand mounted fierce international lobbying campaigns over the remaining two seats.

There are five other rotating places, but these wont come up for re-election until next year. Those seats are currently held by Jordan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Chad and Chile.

To win a term on the council, rotating members must secure two thirds of votes cast by the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA). The vote is conducted by a secret ballot.

Venezuela's victory comes eight years after the country made another bid for the rotating seat, but faced stiff competition from Guatemala. Caracas' candidacy was also opposed by the United States, which mounted an international campaign to pressure other U.N. states to condemn the Venezuelan bid. After a historic three weeks of indecision and 48 rounds of voting, both Guatemala and Venezuela withdrew, and Panama was handed the position.

One of the few other times the Latin American seat was locked in a comparable tug-o-war was in 1979, when Cuba and Colombia struggled over the position for three months and 154 rounds of voting.

The UNSC effectively decides U.N. policy on issues ranging from peacekeeping operations in countries like Venezuela's neighbor Haiti, to sanctions on Venezuela's ally, Iran.

Latin American Presidents Celebrate Re-election of Evo Morales in Bolivia

With 53 percent support of the Bolivian people in Sunday's elections, Evo Morales received congratulatory messages on his historic victory from presidents from around Latin America.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was the first to send out greetings to Evo and the Bolivian people, stating on Twitter, “Long live Bolivia, long live Tupac Katari, long live Simon Bolivar, long live Sucre, long live Hugo Chavez, long live Fidel, long live Evo!” Placing Evo among some of Latin America's greatest and most-revered leaders.

President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador also sent his greetings via his Twitter account, saying, “Democracy is strengthened, #Bolivia continues to build hope for Latin America and the world @EvoMPresidente.”

President Jose Mujica of Uruguay called Evo on Sunday night to offer his congratulations. As did Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez.

Morales received more than 80 percent of votes of Bolivians living outside their country. His overwhelming victory in Sunday's elections is being interpreted by the region's leaders as a consolidation of the victory of anti-imperialist and anti-colonial parties and movements that have sweep through the region over the last decade.

The governments of Spain and France also released statements recognizing Morales' victory in the elections, with France also making note that its electoral mission observed that the vote was conducted fairly.

Morales first won the post of President in 2005, with this new mandate he will preside over Bolivia until 2020.

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