The US Senate has approved a bill that would renew US targeted sanctions against Venezuela, which came into force in 2014, for a further 3 years (see previous blog). The bill still requires approval from the House of Representatives and President to become law.
The sanctions impose asset freezes and travel bans on current and former Venezuelan officials said to have been involved in the violence and human rights abuses against anti-government protestors that started in 2014 or in the arrest or prosecution of people exercising freedom of expression or assembly, and people who have assisted in those acts. In a statement after the vote, co-sponsor of the legislation Senator Marco Rubio stated that the sanctions were still necessary because “the Maduro regime continues to violate human rights and expand its political oppression”.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...See profile for Michael O'Kane >