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Switzerland Sanctions 11 More Venezuelans, including Delcy Rodriguez, El Aissami, Chourio
Switzerland adds Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and former Vice President Tareck El Aissami, General Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio, Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence head Iván Hernández Dala, National Guard Commander Sergio José Rivero Marcano, CNE electoral rectors Sandra Oblitas and Socorro Hernández and Xavier Antonio Moreno Reyes, CLAP head and Commissioner General of the Secret Police SEBIN Freddy Bernal, Prosecutor General Katherine Harrington and illegitimate Constitutional Assmbly head Elías Jaua have all been added to Switzerland's sanctions list.

BERN -- Following the presidential elections on 20 May 2018, "which were neither free nor fair, and had a large deficit of legitimacy," the EU placed 11 more Venezuelans under sanctions, says Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

On March 28, 2018, Switzerland's Federal Council had adopted sanctions measures against Venezuela in line with the EU.

Switzerland now adds another 11 Venezuelan officials to the Swiss sanctions list.

Venezuelans have put billions in funds into secret Swiss bank accounts, according to data released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and leaked by an HSBC whistleblower in 2015.

According to the data, Venezuela had $14.8 billion in HSBC accounts in Switzerland between 1998-2007. That was more than any other country except Switzerland ($31.2 billion) and the United Kingdom ($21.7 billion).

Here are the 11 sanctioned Venezuelans:


Tareck Zaidan El-Aissami Maddah
DOB: 12 Nov 1974
Justification: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production.
As the former Vice President of Venezuela with oversight of the direction of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) Maddah is responsible for the serious human rights violations carried out by the organisation, including arbitrary detention, politically motivated investigations, inhumane and degrading treatment, and torture. He is also responsible for supporting and implementing policies and activities which undermine democracy and the rule of law, including the prohibition of public demonstrations, and heading President Maduro's “anti-coup command” which has targeted civil society and the democratic opposition. Other information: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Sergio José Rivero Marcano
DOB: 8 Nov 1964
Justification: General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 16 January 2018.
Involved in the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela, and responsible for serious human rights violations committed by the Bolivarian National Guard under his command, including the excessive use of force, and the arbitrary detention and abuse of civil society and opposition members. His actions and policies as General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, including the Bolivarian National Guard assaulting members of the democratically elected National Assembly and intimidating journalists reporting on the fraudulent elections for the illegitimate Constituent Assembly, have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Other information: Inspector General of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. Modifications: Listed on 10 July 2018

Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio
DOB: 19 Jul 1962
Justification: General Commander of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army and former Commander of Venezuela's Comprehensive Defence Region of the Central Zone (REDI Central). Responsible for human rights violations by forces under his command, including the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees. Has targeted the democratic opposition and supported the use of military courts to try civilian protestors. Other information: General Commander of the Bolivarian Army. Modifications: Listed on 10 July 2018

Iván Hernández Dala
DOB: 18 May 1966
Justification: Head of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM) since January 2014 and Head of the Presidential Guard since September 2015. As Head of the DGCIM, Iván Hernández Dala is responsible for serious human rights violations and the repression of civil society and democratic opposition committed by members of the DGCIM under his command, including excessive use of force and the ill-treatment of detainees. Other information: Head of Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez
DOB: 18 May 1969
Justification: Vice President of Venezuela, former President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and former member of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Her actions on the Presidential Commission and then as President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including usurping the powers of the National Assembly and using them to target the opposition and prevent them taking part in the political process. Other information: Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Elías José Jaua Milano
DOB: 16 Dec 1969
Justification: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Former President of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela through his role in leading the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. Other information: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Sandra Oblitas Ruzza
DOB: 7 Jun 1969
Justification: Vice President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and President of the Commission of the Electoral and Civilian Register. Responsible for the CNE's activities which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Vice President of National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 July
2018

Freddy Alirio Bernal Rosales
DOB: 16 Jun 1962
Justification: Head of the National Control Centre of the Committee for Local Supply and Production (CLAP) and Commissioner General of SEBIN. Responsible for undermining democracy through manipulation of CLAP programme distributions amongst voters. Additionally, as Commissioner General of SEBIN, he is responsible for SEBIN's activities which include serious human rights violations such as arbitrary detention. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Katherine Nayarith Harrington Padrón
DOB: 5 Dec 1971
Justification: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General) since July 2017. Appointed Deputy Prosecutor General by the Supreme Court in violation of the Constitution, rather than by the National Assembly. Responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by initiating politically-motivated prosecutions and failing to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the Maduro regime. Other information: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General). Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Socorro Elizabeth Hernández Hernández
DOB: 11 Mar 1952
Justification: Member (Rector) of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and member of the National Electoral Board (JNE). Responsible for the CNE's activities which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process in relation to a cancelled presidential recall election in 2016, postponement of gubernatorial elections in 2016, and the relocation of polling stations at short notice before gubernatorial elections in 2017. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

Xavier Antonio Moreno Reyes
Justification: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Responsible for approving CNE decisions which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018


Venezuela Sanctions Added in Switzerland - 9 July 2018 by Latin American Herald Tribune on Scribd


EU Sanctions on Venezuelans - 25 June 2018 by Latin American Herald Tribune on Scribd


 

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