The National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces before the national and international public opinion the forced disappearance of the deputy elected by the Capital District, Ismael León.
The deputy was on his way to the ordinary session of Parliament when he was allegedly intercepted by members of the FAES. Since then his whereabouts are unknown.
What has happened with Deputy León is a clear violation of Article 200 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which proclaims parliamentary immunity in the exercise of the functions of each of the legislators.
This is part of the attempted assault on the legislative branch that we have denounced since 2019 with the failed Operation Scorpion, which has opted for repression and kidnapping as a method of trying to undermine the solid majority that supported the re-election of President Juan Guaidó in the National Assembly.
Ismael León was fundamental in the defense of the National Parliament despite the threats that Jorge Rodríguez and other regime spokespersons launched against him since December. Despite this, he remained firm and collaborated in the ratification of Juan Guaidó as head of the National Parliament on January 5th and in the recovery of the Federal Legislative Palace on January 7th of this year.
We demand to know immediately the whereabouts of deputy León, from whom they want to make pay his tireless fight against the corruption of Nicolas Maduro’s regime. His case is added to that of deputies Gilber Caro and Juan Requesens, as well as that of Roberto Marrero, Chief of Office of the President (e), Juan Guaidó.
Today there are hundreds of civilian and military victims of the state’s repressive apparatus who must be released immediately. Today we reiterate that this will not stop us from continuing to exert greater pressure from all the forces that fight against the usurper regime of Nicolás Maduro to achieve the end of the dictatorship and the holding of free elections in Venezuela.