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Mercosur public defenders praise Venezuela's new prison system

Caracas, 29 Oct. AVN.- Public defenders from member nations of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) visited Tuesday penitentiary Rodeo II, in central state of Miranda, together with Penitentiary Service minister Iris Varela, to see up close Venezuela's new prison system.

Argentina's public defender Esteban Ortiz told local media that one of the elements that amazed him the most was the presence of culture in prison centers, "for them not to receive oppression but the possibility of development. There is solidarity, education and discipline."

"I wished prison centers in my country had that culture you have here, which comes evidently from a revolution," Ortiz added.

During the visit, Mercosur representatives enjoyed cultural activities and witnessed thank-you words said by prisoners.

In turn, minister Iris Varela noted that foreigners imprisoned at El Rodeo are working as language teachers for other inmates, a practice echoed in other centers.

"I've told them that I'll request amnesty to the president of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro, for those who learn four languages," Varela said.

She added that "transformed people are going to get out of these spaces. It had not been imagined that someone in a prison would be educated with quality. That is being done in revolution."

Special attorney's office to control strategic material will be created

Caracas, 29 Oct. AVN.- Venezuelan executive vice-president Jorge Arreaza informed last Tuesday that the Public Ministry is going to create a special attorney's office to control strategic production and construction material.

"We are going to have special attorneys who are going to fight the smuggling of these materials," Arreaza said during a press conference at Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas.

In addition, he informed that the office of General Prosecutions, together with public security corps, has detained 1,380 people due to smuggling; 984 of them are under arrest.

"We are going to continue this battle so that there will not be impunity and for those responsible to pay for their crimes," the Vice-president said.

Vice-president Arreaza detailed that 9,745 tons of foods have been seized by the State amid different operations. Those have been distributed through Mission Food "to be sold at fair prices in the country. Revenues for those sales will go the the fund of efficiency, for President (Nicolas) Maduro to distribute it in social investment for Venezuelans, in matters of health, education, housing, food and infrastructure."

There have also been seized a total 3,049 tons of food for animals and 5,250 tons of construction material.

The National Government implemented this action against smuggling last August 11, at request of president Nicolas Maduro.

Educative missions to be renewed

Caracas, 29 Oct. AVN.- Venezuelan National Government is going to foster a new plan to renew educative social programs Robinson I and Robinson II, as well as Ribas and Sucre at social mission bases.

"We are going to start with more strength a plan to renew, redevelop and expand these missions and to make a national call starting from social mission bases. They are the space for the new call and deployment of this new phase of educative missions," said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro at a graduation ceremony of 300 out of a total 78,000 students who completed these programs on Tuesday.

At Teresa Carreño Theater, in Caracas, president Maduro called on Venezuelans who cannot read neither write yet to join this educative program and "follow the path of education to become productive human beings."

"No matter your age, whether you know to read or write, come and join us, that we are going to welcome you with the supportive and Christian hand of the Bolivarian Revolution and teach you to read and write," emphasized the President, adding that the idea is to achieve the goal of two million graduates in Venezuela's Mission Robinson, so there will "not be any compatriot who can't read or write."

Opening knowledge up to all

Resources have been passed to send 50,000 Venezuelan students and professionals at the end of their terms to study in major universities worldwide, to specialize in areas such as health science, robotics, telecommunications, civil engineering, industrial development, among others, informed president Nicolas Maduro.

"We have to align your education, compatriots, with the world's top education to bring knowledge to our country and then open it to all, to join it to Venezuela's development," noted the President.

Moreover, he said the plan of international education "is not to end up attracted and working for a transnational company while the homeland invested in them. No. this is for you to go to study and come back with knowledge for Venezuela."

Five thousand students with top grades in Mission Sucre will also join this plan of education abroad, added Maduro.

New educative programs

Amid investment in plans to improve educative quality at all levels, president Nicolas Maduro informed that a special plan named Micro Mission Simon Rodriguez would be created to train 5,000 teachers specialized in math, physical and chemistry, "so much needed by our students in high school."

In this connection, Maduro informed that a bolivarian pedagogical movement would be created to train teachers for quality and an educative and cultural revolution in the country, to improve educational content.

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.


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.

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