“There are none of the basic conditions for free elections in Venezuela,” said Eliott Abrams, the United States special envoy for Venezuela.
The United States special envoy for Venezuela and Iran, Elliott Abrams, assured this Wednesday, September 16, that there are no “basic conditions” for a “free” election in Venezuela next December and stressed that the Donald Trump government did not send an alleged spy arrested in that country.
“There are none of the basic conditions for free elections in Venezuela,” Abrams said in a telephone press conference on the elections called for next December 6 to renew the Parliament of that country.
Abrams warned that “there is no” freedom of the press, or “reliable” voting machines, while considering the “repression and intimidation” by the police and groups related to the Government of Nicolás Maduro continues.
He also noted that the rules of the game “were recently changed”, referring to the creation of “more than 100 new seats” for the National Assembly, while the electoral authority “is completely under control” of the Government.
In that sense, he considered that this situation will not be remedied “simply with a postponement” and indicated that those who have chosen to participate in this process have the obligation “to demand the internationally accepted necessary conditions for free and fair elections” and to “speak openly on the repression and corruption of the Maduro regime. “
He also warned that the United States will not hesitate to impose sanctions on those who work with the Maduro government “to undermine democracy.”
Spy was not sent by the US
Asked about the American Matthew John Heat, detained last Thursday by the Venezuelan authorities accused of preparing alleged sabotage actions against several oil and military facilities in that country, the diplomat pointed out that they are concerned when they receive information about a citizen detained in another country.
According to Abrams, in the case of Venezuela “it is particularly difficult”, since its embassy in Caracas does not have a consular section.
“From everything I have seen, I can say that the United States Government did not send Mr. Heat to Venezuela,” said the official, who declined to comment further.
Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek William Saab, said Monday that Heat was detained last Thursday in the state of Falcón while “he was carrying out espionage and destabilization actions with the support of stateless military and civilians” from Venezuela.
Heat’s espionage work consisted of collecting “strategic information from the Amuay Refinery -one of the most important in the country- for the execution of possible sabotage actions,” Saab continued, who also accused him of preparing actions against military posts of the states of Zulia – bordering Colombia, and one of the regions most affected by the crisis that Venezuela is going through – and Falcón
Abrams also referred to the report presented by an International Mission that was commissioned by the UN to investigate the situation in Venezuela and that explicitly pointed out the responsibility of some of the highest political positions in Venezuela in systematic violations of human rights.
“This is an extraordinary report that comes from the United Nations,” said the diplomat, who hoped it would have an “impact” among the governments that are thinking about their policy towards the Maduro administration.
In the opinion of the US representative, they are not “used” to seeing such a “harsh report” from the UN.
In the 411-page report that will be presented to the Human Rights Council on the 23rd, Maduro, his ministers of the Interior and Defense, and the high military, police and intelligence commanders are considered among those responsible for violations of the human rights so serious that, in certain cases, they constitute crimes against humanity.