Facing corruption charges in
He has called the charges politically motivated, and expressed concern over his ability to receive a fair trial. Last month, after authorities called for his arrest, Rosales told thousands of anti-government protestors that “there is no justice in Venezuela.”
It has been almost five years since the initial criminal complaint was filed by an ally of President Hugo Chávez. The complaint cited $68,553 in assets that “Rosales could not satisfactorily explain.” Despite the charges, he ran as the opposition candidate in
The moves against Rosales follow what Human Rights Watch cited as a history of political intolerance in its 2008 report, “A Decade Under Chávez .” That report became the subject of controversy when more than 100 academics from across the globe signed a letter last year questioning methods behind its preparation.
Rosales’ attorney, Javier Valle Riestra, expressed confidence that