Ros-Lehtinen Applauds New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice

May 18, 2017

Ros-Lehtinen Applauds New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice

“For months, I have been actively asking the administration to sanction the judges behind these human rights abuses in Venezuela and I applaud Treasury’s decision to apply these sanctions.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new round of sanctions against eight Venezuelan regime officials. The latest round of sanctions target Maikel Jose Moreno Perez, President of the Supreme Justice Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia) and the seven principal members of the Tribunal’s Constitutional Chamber, on the basis that they are responsible for a number of rulings that usurped the National Assembly’s authority as well as the will of the Venezuelan people. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice and some its judges have for too long been nothing but a rubber stamp, first for the Chavez regime, and now for the Maduro regime. In fact, the Venezuelan judicial system under Maduro has been nothing short of corrupt as the Tribunal has helped to silence the opposition, jail regime opponents, and attempt to strip away legislative powers from duly elected representatives of the National Assembly. For months, I have been actively asking the administration to sanction the judges behind these human rights abuses in Venezuela and I applaud Treasury’s decision to apply these sanctions. It’s a step in the right direction to holding the Maduro regime accountable and sends a strong message to the people of Venezuela that we have not given up on their aspirations for a return to true democratic order.”

NOTE: On March 31, 2017, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen spoke on the House floor calling for additional sanctions against Venezuelan officials, including calling for sanctions against Maikel Jose Moreno Perez. On February 14, 2017, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen spoke on the House floor calling on Treasury to take action against Venezuela’s judges and to add some to the sanctions list. And on February 8, 2017, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and Senator Menendez led a bipartisan letter calling on the administration to sanction Venezuelan regime officials, emphasizing the corruption of the judicial system of Venezuela. And on September 11, 2015, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen wrote to Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew calling for the administration to sanction Venezuelan regime officials.