Venezuela: opposition leader Juan Guaidó seeks to take control of the country’s assets abroad from Nicolás Maduro

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launched an organization whose purpose will be to “strengthen the asset protection strategy.” The fight for gold, the key.

The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó launched an organization whose purpose will be to “strengthen the asset protection strategy” Venezuela abroad, according to data released this Saturday by his team.

The National Judicial Defense Council of the Republic, the name given to the body, “must go out to defend” Venezuela, said Guaidó, recognized as interim president by about 50 countries, when presenting the commission, according to a statement from his office.

For his part, the lawyer Enrique Sánchez Falcón, appointed by Guaidó as special prosecutor, assured that this council “will accompany and guide the strategies for the legal protection of these assets“According to a video released by the Guaidó National Communication Center (CCN).

This group will also “have the responsibility of accompanying the approval process of the law firms that will defend Venezuelan assets.

The also lawyer Juan Pablo Soteldo, appointed special comptroller by Guaidó, assured that the council “will do teamwork and will continue to strengthen transparency and accountability. “

In the most significant case to date in that task for which the council was created, Guaidó and the Government of Nicolás Maduro face in a legal dispute in the United Kingdom, where a court must decide who has authority about Venezuelan gold deposited with the Bank of England (BoE).

For this, the British Justice must ask the Government of the United Kingdom to clarify unequivocally if it recognizes President Nicolás Maduro or Guaidó as the ruler of Venezuela.

The London Court of Appeals gave this instruction when issuing an opinion on Monday that annuls a ruling of July 2 of the Commercial and Property division of the High Court which gave the board “ad hoc” of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), designated by Guaidó, control over reserves.

Said court rejects that the Government, which has politically supported Guaidó, recognized him “unequivocally” as president of Venezuela for all purposes in a statement of February 4, 2019, as the lawyers of the board maintain in this process ” ad hoc “of the BCV appointed by the opposition leader.

In that sense, Guaidó downplayed the ruling of the Court of Appeal of England that paralyzes the transfer of Venezuelan gold reserves and has assured that the last word is the Government of Boris Johnson, to which it would correspond to say who he recognizes as the leader of the South American country.

The English court paralyzed a previous sentence in which Guaidó was recognized as “interim constitutional president of Venezuela” and thus denied access to the bullion –valued at 1,800 million euros-– to the Central Bank of Venezuela, controlled by the Executive of Nicolás Maduro.

The Court of Appeal understands that the judgment was erroneous when considering that the terms of the British Government’s recognition of Guaidó as president of Venezuela ‘de jure’ (in law) excluded the possibility that the Executive, however, also recognized Maduro as president ‘de facto’ (in fact).

Source EFE and AFP

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