Venezuela is a victim of extraterritorial laws, says a lawyer

Caracas - Venezuela's complaint against the United States before the International Criminal Court (ICC) shows to the world that the Bolivarian nation is victim of extraterritorial laws, said today constitutional lawyer Olga Alvarez.

Speaking to Venezolana de Televisión, Alvarez said the complaint filed yesterday in The Hague, the Netherlands, causes a political impact because it reflects crimes against humanity committed by the Trump administration againts Iraq, Venezuela, and Cuba.

She also said that the ICC acts directly against the individual, and despite the fact that the United States is not part of this international organization, the prosecutor's office has jurisdiction in that country.

'What is more important is that, since the offenses were committed against the Venezuelan people, the results of the filing would order the immediate lift of the blockade against Venezuela,' she explained

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced, on behalf of the people and government of this South American country, the crimes against humanity committed since 2014 by the US executive.

Following President Nicolas Maduro's instructions, the minister delivered to the Court a rigurous filing and complaint of US coercive and unilateral measures, which he described as 'a general, massive and systematic attack against the people of Venezuela.'

In a press conference, Arreaza denounced that the major media are used as psicological weapons to make people believe in situations in this country that do not exist.

However, he said that the Venezuelan people is protected despite difficulties, due to the State policy that cares for victims of the blockade, with more than 75 percent of the national budget allocated for health, education, food, as well as access to water and transportation.

The most recent attack by the Trump administration took place on February 7, when the US Department of the Treasury included 40 aircrafts of the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services on the list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control .

Due to this type of punishment, those sanctioned are banned from carrying out transactions with US companies, and their possible assets under US jurisdiction are blocked.

According to the Foreign Minister of this Bolivarian nation, these attacks are weapons of mass destruction, which can only be defeated with multilateralism, thus they will be denounced at all forums, both at the international and regional levels.

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