The attorney general of Venezuela in exile, Luisa Ortega Diaz, the procedures to request asylum in Spain have already been formalized through the International Protection Area of the General Directorate of the Police. As he has made explicit in the presentation of facts before the Spanish authorities, he has provided documents that show that he had to leave Venezuela forced by political persecution and threats.
Luisa Ortega was the attorney general of the Venezuelan regime until in March 2017 she publicly stated that in that country there had been a breakdown of the constitutional order by Nicolás Maduro, who then formally dismissed her. This complaint came after the facilities of the Public Prosecutor’s Office were assaulted with military forces. The former attorney general affirms that the government of Nicolás Maduro retaliated against her and her family, subjecting her to persecution and threats against her freedom and physical integrity.
Thus, he had to leave Venezuela and found refuge in Colombia, where he was given international protection. From there, Ortega also took steps before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in which, according to sources close to the former prosecutor, he supported with forensic and documentary evidence the systematic violation of human rights by the Nicolás Maduro regime against the Venezuelan people, political prisoners and defenseless citizens.
As indicated, this complaint led to new attacks and threats against his life and freedom. Thus, in the face of constant threats, she decided to move to Spain and request asylum, arguing that despite being protected in Colombia, she felt fear for her life since both countries share a wide border that is permeable to free transit.
In addition, he indicated when requesting asylum that the security device that was necessary in Colombia did not allow him to feel the necessary freedom to develop in daily life. And he adds that in Spain it is closer to The Hague, which would facilitate the momentum of its complaint before the International Criminal Court for human rights violations in Venezuela.
The complaint against Maduro
The one who was the predecessor of the attorney general of the Venezuelan regime, Tarek William Saab, would have traveled aboard a speedboat from the Paraguaná peninsula, in northwestern Venezuela, to the coasts of Aruba, in the company of her husband, Deputy Germán Ferrer, and the anti-corruption prosecutor Arturo Vilar Esteves.
Ortega’s departure took place two days after the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ordered the arrest of Ferrer for alleged extortion. Tarek Williams accuses Ortega Díaz of being the “intellectual author” of the deaths and injuries left by the demonstrations against the Government of Nicolás Maduro during those months of 2017.
As a result of this accusation, in that month of August the Supreme Court proceeded to freeze the bank accounts of the former prosecutor and prohibited her from leaving the country. Ortega Díaz had denounced on several occasions that the Government of Nicolás Maduro had launched a political persecution against him.
In fact, the former official accused Maduro of being involved in the corruption scandal of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. “We have the details of all the cooperation, amounts and characters that were enriched and that investigation involves Mr. Nicolás Maduro and his environment,” he said at the time, according to the newspaper ‘El Universal’.
Later, in 2018, from Switzerland, the former attorney general denounced the violation of Human Rights in Venezuela in a forum on the country held in Geneva Switzerland. In addition, Ortega Díaz confirmed that he would add new evidence before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to that already provided in 2017 against the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.