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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Spanish Justice Garzón requested to examine President Chávez

(El Universal) Ramón Torregrosa, a Spanish citizen, asked National Audience renowned judge Baltasar Garzón to detain Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during his visit to Spain next Friday.

The purpose would be questioning Chávez about the death of Torregrosa's wife, Venezuelan Maritza Ron, during the riots in Plaza Francia, following a recall referendum on August 15th, 2004.

According to the request made to judge Garzón, the Venezuelan president could provide further information on the case of Ron, who was presumably reached by a bullet shot from Chávez's followers at opponents.

William Cárdenas, a representative of NGO Democratic Platform of Venezuelans in Madrid, told Europa Press that the individuals responsible for the killing were "pro-Chávez armed gangs, financed and led by the President's Office."

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