- A “Truth Committee” recommended by the OEA was never established, in order to clarify the events of April 2002, where 19 persons died.
- The persons filmed while shooting to the crowd moving towards “Miraflores” palace on April 11th, 2002 are in full liberty. But policemen who ordered protection for the crowd were charged for being the material liable persons of the events.
- Maikel Moreno is judge and party on the proceedings regarding April 11th, 2002.
- Legislature’s President threatens to remove the parliamentary privilege of political prisoners, if they are elected for the Legislature on December 2005.
1. During the April 2002 events, 19 persons were killed and to this date those responsible remain unknown. The establishment of a Truth Commission which had been agreed upon on May 29, 2003 in the Negotiations and Agreements Roundtable chaired by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, never took place.
2. Among those indicted for the April 2002 events are four individuals who have come to be known as the Puente-Llaguno Gunmen: Richard Peñalver, Rafael Cabrices, Nicolás Rivera-Muentes, and Henry Atencio. They were filmed and taped while shooting at the opposition demonstration as it walked along the Baralt Avenue towards Miraflores Palace, on April 11, 2002. Yet they are all free today, following the September 18, 2002 ruling by the Fourth Court that exonerated them of all charges. Some have even been treated as heroes by the President of the Republic himself. On the other side, eight members of the Metropolitan Police Force, at the service of the Caracas Metropolitan Government, whose Mayor, identified with the opposition, ordered the Force to protect the demonstrators were charged with the crime and are currently held in jail in Maracay. Their names are: Sergeant Julio Ramírez Rodríguez-Salazar, Sergeant Rafael Alfredo Nazoa-López, Private Luis Enrique Molina-Cerrada, Inspector Héctor José Rovain, Corporal Arube José Pérez-Salazar, Corporal Ramón Humberto Zapata Alfonso, Commissar-in-Chief Marcos Javier Hurtado, and Agent Erasmo Bolívar.
3. Two Metropolitan Police Chief-Inspectors, Commissars Henry Vivas and Lázaro Forero, as well as Commissar Iván Simonovis, who at the time was Secretary for Citizens Security, have been under arrest for months, charged as accomplices to the crimes of murder and battering. The Judge who issued the arrest and detention orders against Commissar Simonovis is Maikel Moreno, Control Judge N° 34. Even though he had been the defense attorney for Richard Peñalver, one of the Puente-Llaguno gunmen, he did not deem it necessary to withdraw from the case. (See the press briefing on the case of the three Commissars).
Simonovis' rights were further trampled upon when he was apprehended and jailed without a judicial order.
4. Even the political rights of the ex-commissioners Forero and Simonovis are at risk. Their names have been proposed as opposition candidates for the 2005 elections of the National Assembly in order to guarantee their freedon thanks to the parliamentary immunity. Nicol ás Maduro, president of the actual National Assembly said that in the case they are elected, their immunity would be waived by the resulting pro-government mayority as predicted by him.