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European Justice rules against Maduro and endorses EU sanctions

September 20, 2019

BRUSSELS, Sep. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The General Court of the European Union has rejected the appeal presented by the Government of Nicolás Maduro and has endorsed the validity of the European Union sanctions against Venezuela for internal repression and violations of Human Rights in a judgment this Friday.

“It is necessary to declare the appeal inadmissible in its entirety,” says the ruling made public this Friday of the EU General Court against the appeal of the Maduro regime to annul the sanctions of the block, in a ruling that is not firm and against which An appeal may be filed.

In addition, the European Court of First Instance, based in Luxembourg, condemns the Government of Maduro to “bear its own costs and those of the Council” after dismissing its “claims”.

The Maduro Government appealed in February 2018 the sanctions of the European Union, claiming that they were not founded, among other reasons because European countries did not provide “sufficient” evidence to justify them and because they erred, in their opinion, in their assessment of the facts to justify the sanctions, while violating their right to be heard before adopting them.

The Twenty-eight imposed in November 2017 an embargo on weapons and equipment that can be used for repression or surveillance and approved the legal basis to freeze the assets of individuals, companies and organizations responsible for serious violations or abuses of Human Rights, of the repression of civil society and the opposition or undermine democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela or people, companies and organizations associated with them.

To date, a total of 18 senior Venezuelan political and military officials, including Diosdado Cabello, as well as vice presidents Tareck El Aissami and Delcy Rodríguez, the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, and the president of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, Maikel Moreno, They have been sanctioned by the EU in two rounds. Its assets under European jurisdiction are frozen and prohibited from entering the EU.

The United States has been pressing the bloc for months to toughen the sanctions on the Maduro Government, although the Twenty-eight have opted to privilege the diplomatic channel to try to reach a peaceful and democratic solution, which involves holding new free presidential elections, something that Maduro flatly rejects.