Colombian Alex Chop, Figure of the Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro He was also accused of embezzling millions of dollars through corrupt businesses in the country. He did not want to be seen in prison attire He therefore asked the federal judge to restrict video access to the trial.
In 12-page motion, defensive Chop Colombian businessman promises “It does not seek to remove public access to constitutional rights, but asks the court to act as a gateway to prevent further breach of the rules.“It bans photos or videos from court hearings.
That’s what you are looking for Only a few accredited journalists can access the inquiries Are transmitted by Zoom in, Along with lawyers and family members, and other members of the public and the media do the same over the phone. Your next hearing is November 1, where you can plead guilty or plead not guilty.
Chop Was his first trial Zoom in Last week before the magistrate John O’Sullivan, Who informed you that you were facing Eight charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. More than 300 people took part in the trial, including lawyers, judges, lawyers and journalists, activists and protesters against the Venezuelan government.
The 49-year-old businessman was deported last week after being arrested for 16 months Cape Verde, Where he was detained in June 2020. You will not enjoy the benefit of bail due to the risk of escape.
The US government has accused that Saab has amassed more than $ 350 million in assets through corruption deals In it he bribes Venezuelan officials and obtains forged documents to obtain multi-million dollar contracts to build affordable housing. Venezuela. In a letter his wife read after his deportation, Chop He said he had not committed any crime and would not cooperate Washington.
Colombian He was contacted for questioning last week from a cell in a federal prison in the United States. He was alone, sitting behind a desk, in an orange prison dress. She wore dark hair and a mask up to her neck. The translator did not listen to his words as he only had audio in English and explained what he said at once.
After describing it “Venezuelan Ambassador“And”A polarized person on the world stage”, Explained the security movement Chop It has attracted media attention around the world.
Among the participants, “Many, or most of them, were members of the press covering the Saab case ”, while other bloggers or people were interested in posting photos or videos.“From ChopSaid the lawyer Henry Bell.
During the hearing the judge reminded the participants that by law it is strictly forbidden to record or take photos or videos of parts or all of the hearings. However, Saabin’s defense was accused, “he said.Dozens of the media and others ignored court orders, and Mr. They took photos and videos of Chapin’s first appearance“Before the Courts.
To prove your claim, Hrs Provided a list of at least 35 posts on Twitter, Instagram and other media of photos and videos Chop At that first hearing.
“The court should not allow such challenging behavior and should take action to prevent it from happening again.“Said the lawyer.”The fact associated with the Govit-19 epidemic cannot be ignored or violated, even if it forces the courts to perform certain procedures through the zoom.“Laws refer to security Chop.
After a lengthy explanation, he argued with the judge to restrict Zoom’s access.Only the required parties, the family of the accused and the recognized press entities”. The public should only have access by phone, he said.
(With AP information) .-
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