“I am convinced that there will be justice in The Hague,” said the Ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco, on the case of Venezuela before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Viera-Blanco said that the situation of Venezuela before the organization is in the admissibility analysis phase, which is a challenge to overcome, “the so-called negative admissibility or complementarity test,” he said.
The Ambassador explained that complementarity “it is a postulate of the Rome Statute that is based on a system of shared jurisdiction” where the ICC begins an investigation when there is no evidence of an effective administration of justice against serious criminals in the party states.
“In the file (on Venezuela) there is evidence of solid methodological rigor that will make it possible to pass the complementarity test and proceed to the investigation phase and subsequent prosecution,” he said, reiterating that there is no justice or genuine investigation of serious crimes in the country.
The diplomat added that in Venezuela there are legitimate magistrates of the Supreme Court, prosecutors, and criminal judges who have been persecuted and have been forced to live in exile.
“It is public and notorious that the Venezuelan Judicial Power has been dismantled. There is no pretrial of merit, no effective investigation or trial of those responsible,” he said.
Finally, he emphasized the importance of moderating expectations regarding the case of Venezuela, the need to get to know the process, and make binding the evidence and indecencies denounced and reported with “evidentiary rigor”.
“It is important to trust the soundness and solvency of the International Criminal Court and the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC (OTP), as well as the professional and delicate work of experts,” he stated.