The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, in October 2021. (Credit: DANIEL MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague decided this Friday that the Prosecutor's Office will continue with the investigation for possible crimes against humanity against the Venezuelan State after rejecting the six appeal arguments raised by the Government of President Nicolás Maduro.

"The Appeals Chamber has deemed it appropriate to confirm the contested decision," said its president, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut.

The ruling of the Appeals Chamber thus authorized prosecutor Karim Khan to continue the investigations as part of the case opened in November 2021.

The Preliminary Chamber of the International Criminal Court ruled in November 2023 that Venezuelan authorities "are not investigating or have not investigated criminal acts that could constitute crimes against humanity."

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Present at this Friday's hearing were the ICC Prosecutor's Office, representatives of the Venezuelan government – ​​including Larry Lavoe, representative of Venezuela for the International Human Rights System – as well as representatives of the Public Office for the Defense of Victims.

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The Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Yván Gil, rejected the ruling on his crimes against humanity that have never occurred."

On previous occasions – and specifically after a visit to Caracas in June by the ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan – Attorney General Tarek William Saab said that the Venezuelan State has "the intention of doing justice."

Two weeks ago, through a statement issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, the Maduro government announced the expulsion of all staff from the office in Caracas that represented the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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