President of Venezuela Nicholas Maduro Meeting with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Ahmed KhanAccording to El Universal.
On June 9, Caracas and the prosecution agreed to open an office for representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The meeting was held at the Miraflores Palace, the official residence of the President of the Venezuelan capital.
Establishing the office includes assisting in the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed the same day. It will provide technical assistance to reorganize Venezuela’s judiciary and help the country meet its obligations under the Rome Statute.
“Necessary changes, necessary adjustments are on the way. I am confident that this office will add knowledge, experience and good practice to Venezuela, which it needs.” Maduro said during the signing of a new memorandum.
An international official has visited the country for the third time. The Venezuelan President said that the working day was busy and that he was generally satisfied with the meeting. According to him, this area will serve to the convergence and development of relations between the ICC and Venezuela.
“We are optimistic and confident that the office will have a positive impact in creating needed reforms in Venezuela’s national justice system,” Maduro said. “The country is building a legal, just, democratic state that fully guarantees the observance of human and people’s rights.”
Karim Khan explained that the memorandum would allow “to do more to meet our obligations under the Rome Statute”. He assured that the office experts could assist with the judicial reforms Venezuela seeks to implement to ensure justice.
“This agreement is the realization of our joint efforts. “We will now be able to visit Venezuela more often and cooperate more closely,” he said.
In November 2022, the Venezuelan Government criticized the actions of Karim Khan, urging the ICC to continue its investigation of “crimes against humanity” in the country. Authorities said it was a show of prejudice.
“Venezuela rejects the decision of International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Ahmad Khan to apply to the Pre-Trial Chamber for permission to investigate,” the country’s authorities said.
The Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Caracas has provided all the information regarding the government’s actions to investigate possible human rights violations in the country.
On March 17, 2023, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moscow officials did the same for Khan. Caracas is an ally of Moscow, therefore, despite the friendship of both states, it is unlikely that Venezuela will be detained.
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