The State Department and the U.S. Department of Justice ratified that the government of President Juan Guaidó is the only one that can represent Venezuela in the Courts, according to a brief presented last January 31st on the occasion of the lawsuit attempted against PDVSA’s subsidiaries by a contractor in the Southern District Court of Texas.
In this case, a law firm, which claims to act on behalf of the Venezuelan Government, but in reality follows instructions from Nicolás Maduro’s regime, attempted to question the ability of the Special Attorney to the Legitimate Government, José Ignacio Hernández, to represent the PDVSA subsidiaries that were sued. In view of this, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, following the indication of the Court, requested the Government of the United States to intervene in the case to guarantee the exclusive capacity of the President in charge, Juan Guaidó, to represent Venezuela.
In response, on January 27th, the State Department ratified that only President Juan Guaidó can be considered the legitimate government of Venezuela, and on January 31st, the Justice Department filed a brief with the Court reiterating that only lawyers appointed by the government of President Guaidó can act on behalf of Venezuela.
This decision, which displaces the lawyers illegitimately appointed by Nicolás Maduro’s regime, is a further step in the strategy defined by the Office of the Special Prosecutor to ensure exclusive representation of Venezuela in the defense of the country’s assets and displaces those who continue in their attempt to obstruct the representation of the Legitimate Government of Venezuela with briefs presented to the Court.