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Italy´s court accepts extradition of former Venezuela´s Oil Minister

Italy´s court accepts extradition of former Venezuela´s Oil Minister

Caracas, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of Communication, Culture and Tourism, Freddy Ñañez unfolded that the Prosecutor's Office of the Rome Court of Appeals on Wednesday accepted the extradition request of former Venezuela´s Minister of Energy and Petroleum Rafael Ramirez.
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On his Twitter account, the high-ranking official shared the document issued by the Roman prosecutor, Luigi Giuliano, where the favorable opinion of the prosecutor’s office regarding the request made by the Venezuelan justice system is stated.

According to the text, the Attorney General did not consider sufficient the defenses of Ramirez, and deemed that the case was not one of political persecution and that he would have inflicted damage to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The document also refers that the Venezuelan government made the extradition request for the crimes of fraudulent embezzlement, bid evasion, criminal association and financing of terrorism, which correspond to the Italian legal system.

The Court of Rome states that there are no elements to believe that the criminal proceedings pending to the Venezuelan judicial authority are the result of a politically motivated persecutory activity or that the country will not respect the fundamental rights of the accused.

That Court expresses the need for Caracas to ensure the times and methods for the development of the criminal proceedings and the precautionary detention.

The former minister is in Italy and is wanted here for the alleged crimes of fraudulent embezzlement, evasion of bidding procedures and association to commit a crime. There is a formal extradition request against him by the Venezuelan government and a red alert from the International Police, INTERPOL.

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