Trial Against Venezuelan Embassy Protectors in US Called Null

The four activists helped to prevent the administration of Donald Trump from giving the headquarters of the Venezuela Embassy to Juan Gauidó, and his illegal government.
The four activists helped to prevent the administration of Donald Trump from giving the headquarters of the Venezuela Embassy to Juan Gauidó, and his illegal government. | Photo: EFE

Members of the jury could not reach a unanimous decision whether to condemn or not Adrienne Pine, David Paul, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, the four pro-Venezuela activists accused “interfering with the functions of the US Department of State.”

Feb 14 (teleSUR) U.S. judge, Beryl Howell, declared the trial against the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington Protectors Collective null, after the jury could not reach a verdict.

The magistrate gave the jury extra time to deliberate. However, the members could not reach a unanimous decision. In this regard, Howell asked for a new trial, but there is still no certainty that it will happen.

The four activists, Adrienne Pine, David Paul, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, were arrested in May 2019, after being accused of “interfering with the functions of the U.S. Department of State” for staying at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, to prevent the administration of Donald Trump from giving the headquarters to the envoys of the Venezuelan self-proclaimed ‘president’, Juan Guaido.

During the trial, judge Howell refused to allow the defense to present its evidence, and even claimed that she considered it was U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision who the president of Venezuela was.

Netfa Freeman@Netfafree

BREAKING: Case of #EmbassyProtectors declared a mistrial! The jury could not come to a guitly verdict. #HandsOffVenezuela #NoMasBloqueo

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The Venezuelan government, led by Nicolas Maduro, repeatedly declared that the activists were their guests and they were legally allowed to be there, so their detention represented a transgression of international laws that protect the inviolability of diplomatic facilities.

Max Blumenthal@MaxBlumenthal · Feb 13, 2020Replying to @MaxBlumenthal

No verdict today. Jury deliberations in the Embassy Protection Collective 4 will continue through tomorrow at least.

Max Blumenthal@MaxBlumenthal

MISTRIAL in the case of the Venezuelan Embassy Protectors 4!!!

Jurors were not convinced by government prosecutors who were every bit as incompetent as Guaido’s henchmen.

Judge Howell, biased as she has been towards the govt, called for a retrial but it may not happen.6421:21 PM – Feb 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy293 people are talking about this

During their stay at the embassy, the activists suffered verbal and physical aggressions, power cuts and water, as well as restriction of the passage of food and medicine.

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