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Chile President urges Germany to bring ICC case against Venezuela

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Berlin | Friday, Oct 12 2018 IST
Chile President Sebastian Pinera is seeking Germany's support to convince the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

"There is no democracy in Venezuela, it is a dictatorship," said Pinera in a report in QNA. Chilean President also pointed out that military intervention to restore democracy in Venezuela was not a good idea.

"We would also like Germany's support," he added.

In a move which was first of its kind where six countries viz Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru had jointly filed a complaint against another country at the tribunal in The Hague. Even a request was made during the United Nations General Assembly in New York stating crimes against the humanity committed when protests erupted against the government of Nicolas Maduro on the basis of reports presented by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and by international lawyers who had made claims of torture and extrajudicial executions.

In Caracas, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Twitter, saying she had "subordinated herself" to US President Donald Trump.

Arreaza made the comments after Germany called for an investigation into the death of opposition politician Fernando Alban, who died at the headquarters of the intelligence agency SEBIN. The government says he committed suicide, but the opposition has expressed concern that he may have been tortured to death. UNI XC JAL 1520

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