The government of Alberto Fernandez banned the Venezuelan deputy Chavista from entering the country Maria Iris Varela Rangelon whom weigh serious accusations of corruption and human rights violations in his country.
The former Chavista official, now a deputy and vice president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, took an Aerolineas Argentinas flight from Brazil with the intention of reaching Argentina, but could not do so because she was on the list of people who are prohibited from entering and transiting to our country by an agreement signed by the Foreign Ministry during the presidency of Mauricio Macri. In addition, her name is on the list of those sanctioned by the OAS.
“The prohibition arises from the consolidated list of persons subject to designation based on resolution RC.30/RES.1/19 rev. I, approved by the Thirtieth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs acting as the Consultative Body in Application of the International Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), “says the Migration statement.
Varela Rangel appears in 26th place out of a list of 29 people. The last on the list is Alex Saab, the figurehead of the Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduroimprisoned in Miami since October 2021.
The resolution, approved by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in December 2019, in the city of Bogotá, urged the member countries to “activate cooperation mechanisms, due diligence measures and other necessary procedures, in accordance with national legislation and existing mechanisms for cooperation in financial intelligence, with a view to complying with the mandate contained in numbers 1 and 2 of resolution RC.30/RES.1/19 rev.1, of September 23, 2019, on the base of the attached initial list, of people associated with the regime of Nicholas Maduro“.
The political life of Varela Rangel It started when he was very young: he was just 13 years old when he joined the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV). She later became national director and coordinator for the state of Táchira of the Fifth Republic Movement, a party founded by Hugo Chávez, with which the then lieutenant colonel won the 1998 presidential elections.
She was elected as constituent to the National Constituent Assembly in 1999, whose main objective was the drafting of a new constitution that would refound the State. From then on, she was elected deputy to the new National Assembly for the state of Táchira in three consecutive periods: 2000-2005, 2006-2011 and finally 2011-2016.
In July 2011, she was appointed Minister of People’s Power for the Penitentiary Service. Two years later, on April 21, 2013, on national television, she was reaffirmed as Minister of Penitentiary Services for the regime of Nicholas Madurobut was relieved in June 2017 to enter the National Constituent Assembly.
Two years later, the controversial official led the attack on trucks with humanitarian aid that tried to enter Venezuela from Colombia. The Venezuelan forces, with the help of the Chavista groups, prevented entry through violence and caused disturbances in the midst of which one of the trucks was set on fire.
Hugo Chavez called Iris Varela “Phosphorite” and “Santa Iris de los Despossessed” and since she was appointed Minister of Penitentiary Affairs, she has imposed her own law and decided over judges and prosecutors the freedom, benefits and transfers of thousands of prisoners, including drug traffickers.
Currently, from the National Assembly, he continues to decide the fate of the prisoners in Venezuela and dedicated himself to building his army of armed groups, with the excuse of defending the revolution and he achieved it by recruiting the same inmates to whom he grants benefits.
Varela was pointed out by General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, after Operation Libertad on April 30, 2019, of having asked the Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, for 30,000 rifles to arm his private army, which included prisoners who “had trained” and “of which she was its commander.”
The release of prisoners has served Varela to reduce overcrowding and arm his army. And the sanitary measures against Covid-19 gave him the perfect excuse to get hundreds of prisoners out. The alarms went off when in April 2020 the release of prisoners was massive. There were 382 prisoners released from the Tocuyito Penitentiary Center in the state of Carabobo. Varela hid behind the Protected Confidence Regime, established in the Organic Penitentiary Code.
In 2020, in addition, he threatened to imprison the interim president and opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, in the Western Penitentiary Center.