[News] Venezuela’s Top Court Rejects US VP Pence’s Threat of Sanctions

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  Venezuela’s Top Court Rejects US VP Pence’s Threat of Sanctions

May 8, 2019

On Wednesday, Maikel Moreno, the President of Venezuela’s Supreme Court 
of Justice (TSJ) 
denounced threats of sanctions by United States Vice President Mike Pence.


    /*US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert*/

Pence threatened to sanction all magistrates of the Bolivarian Republic 
of Venezuela.

Moreno read a statement by the TSJ rejecting the interventionist threats 
made by the U.S. vice president.

"The judges and magistrates of the TSJ categorically and forcefully 
reject the threat made by Mr. Pence, who, in a disrespectful and 
interfering manner seeks to subjugate the highest Venezuelan judicial 
authorities through threats that violate the principles of independence 
of self-determination and sovereignty," he said.

"This unlawful, despicable and intolerable action violates the norms and 
principles of international law that govern the relations between 
civilized nations. This is a case of a new unilateral threat laid upon 
the Venezuelan Judicial Power, specifically on the TSJ composed of 32 

*"We denounce the fact that the United States is trying to get the 
Venezuelan judicial power to step away from democracy and promote a coup 

He also denounced this threat of sanction on a democratic institution 
and favoring the coup. The president reiterated that the TSJ will not be 
blackmailed or subordinate itself to a foreign government “that seeks to 
circumvent the sovereignty of our country.”

The vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter, “The 
countries that decide to choose the path of violence will be condemned 
by the people of the world, who will defend their sovereignty.”

On Tuesday, Mike Pence threatened to sanction the magistrates of the TSJ 
if they do not oppose the legitimate President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

"If the Supreme Court of Venezuela does not return to its constitutional 
mandate to defend the rule of law, the U.S. will hold its 25 magistrates 
accountable for their actions," he said.

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