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    Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief

    CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuelan prosecutors charged the head of an anti-government television station with usury on Thursday, ending a weeks-long investigation into his business activities that he called politically motivated.

    Dozens of National Guard troops accompanied prosecutors to the upscale residence of Globovision president Guillermo Zuloaga on Thursday evening to gather evidence, according to state television footage. It was not clear if they entered the home.

    Zuloaga was charged with usury after a police raid uncovered 24 Toyota vehicles outside his Caracas office last month, prompting an investigation into two car dealerships he owns, prosecutors said in a statement.

    Trade Minister Eduardo Saman accused Zuloaga of keeping the cars off the market while waiting for their price to rise a move possibly involving a violation of foreign exchange rules that give importers access to dollars only if they aren't used to gain a "disproportionate advantage" over rivals.

    It was not clear if Zuloaga received dollars that way from the government, but importers who violate those terms can be prosecuted under Venezuelan usury law. A spokesperson for the prosecutor's office did not immediately answer calls seeking comment.

    Zuloaga, 67, dismissed the investigation as political intimidation, saying he has no reason leave the country or be afraid. He said he'd stored the vehicles outside his office for safekeeping because one of his dealerships had been robbed.

    "This is something to try to somehow frighten Globovision, shut up Globovision," he told reporters. "The government knows very well that shutting or closing down news media is no way to hide the reality of what is happening in Venezuela."

    If convicted, Zuloaga could face 1 to 3 years in prison.

    Venezuelan officials have been investigating Globovision and its president on various charges since last month.

    President Hugo Chavez denies the inquiry into Zuloaga is linked to Globovision. But he last week urged the nation's attorney general, Supreme Court and telecommunications chief to take action against "poisonous" private media or resign.
    Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief - Yahoo! News

    AH yeah no way Hugo would be using his court to go after the head of a station he wants shut down.

    Just another facade of legality in a dictatorship.




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    Re: Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief

    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief - Yahoo! News

    AH yeah no way Hugo would be using his court to go after the head of a station he wants shut down.

    Just another facade of legality in a dictatorship.
    To be fair he could have just had the guy...... disappear.
    Thank you

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    Re: Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief

    Easier to put on a charade of legality. That way people watching can cover their eyes and deny he's doing what he is doing...or deny what he is.

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    Re: Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief

    AH yeah no way Hugo would be using his court to go after the head of a station he wants shut down.

    Zuloaga was charged with usury after a police raid uncovered 24 Toyota vehicles outside his Caracas office last month, prompting an investigation into two car dealerships he owns, prosecutors said in a statement.

    Yeah, he's so innocent.

    You're falling for #8 of the Guide to Anti-Communism (even though Venezuela isn't overgoing a socialist revolution, this still comically applies):

    8. Everyone ever arrested under a Communist regime was most likely innocent of any crime. Communists only arrested harmless poets and political prophets who had a beautiful message to share with the world.
    Guide to Anti-Communism
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    Re: Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief

    Quote Originally Posted by akyron View Post
    To be fair he could have just had the guy...... disappear.
    No. Dictatorships thrive by provoking fear in would be opponents. The best way to do that in the early years of the regime is to arrest the opposition on trumped up charges and force confessions from them. Chavez is following Hitler and Mao and Stalin as the typical socialist thug demanding and receiving totalitarian powers.

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    Re: Venezuelan prosecutors charge anti-Chavez TV chief

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post

    Zuloaga was charged with usury after a police raid uncovered 24 Toyota vehicles outside his Caracas office last month, prompting an investigation into two car dealerships he owns, prosecutors said in a statement.

    Yeah, he's so innocent.

    You're falling for #8 of the Guide to Anti-Communism (even though Venezuela isn't overgoing a socialist revolution, this still comically applies):

    8. Everyone ever arrested under a Communist regime was most likely innocent of any crime. Communists only arrested harmless poets and political prophets who had a beautiful message to share with the world.
    Guide to Anti-Communism
    Then again, holding onto a asset until the price rises isn't a crime in free societies, so not a crime at all, anywhere, it's just a tool for the oppression of the proletariat by the propertied rulers.

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