[Marxism] Venezuela to seek legal action against Robertson
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Tue Aug 30 04:27:17 MDT 2005
Venezuela to seek legal action against Robertson
Reuters | August 29 2005
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his government would take
legal action against Pat Robertson and potentially seek his extradition
after the U.S. evangelist called for Washington to assassinate the South
Robertson, who later apologized for the remark, said he was expressing his
frustration with Chavez's constant accusations against the administration of
President George W. Bush.
"I announce that my government is going to take legal action in the United
States ... to call for the assassination of a head of state is an act of
terrorism." Chavez said in a televised speech.
The fiery left-wing critic of Bush's foreign policy who frequently charges
the U.S. government is plotting to kill him, called Robertson "crazy" and a
He said Venezuela could seek Robertson's extradition under international
treaties and take its claim to the United Nations if the Bush administration
did not act.
Robertson, the founder of the Christian Coalition and a leader of the
Christian right that has backed Bush, said on Monday that if Chavez "thinks
we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead
and do it."
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said political assassination was
against the law and was not U.S. policy.
Relations between Chavez and the United States, the top buyer of the OPEC
nation's oil, have deteriorated since Chavez survived a brief 2002 coup he
says was backed by U.S. authorities. Washington says it is not plotting to
kill Chavez and denies involvement in the coup.
Chavez said on Friday Bush would be to blame if anything happened to him. In
the past, he has said Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter,
would cut sales to the United States if he was assassinated.
A close ally of communist Cuba, Chavez presents his self-proclaimed
revolution as an alternative to U.S. policies in the region.
Washington says Chavez is a negative influence who uses oil profits to fund
anti-democratic groups in South America while becoming more authoritarian at
U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, visiting Venezuela on Sunday,
called Robertson's remarks "immoral" and rejected U.S. government claims
against Chavez. (Additional reporting by Tomas Sarmiento)
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