Venezuela’s ID system has been offline for 3 weeks
- For three weeks, the Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Extranjería (SAIME), the authority responsible for providing identification services to Venezuelans, was only open to hand over identity documents that were produced before its “website crash” on June 17. All other identification services, from requesting a passport appointment to renewing an ID card, went offline, violating Venezuelans’ right to identity. No authority has published information or explanations on this subject. No appointments for passports were issued, in the country or abroad. The system is so centralized that airport immigration officers do everything by hand. On Sunday, July 10, IT professional Jesús Lara said the website disappeared from Google searches because “the domain registry was deleted.” He found that the website was not crashing, it was deleted on June 17, 2022, as can be verified on full DNS history. After the information went viral, SAIME brought the site back online with an image saying they were doing maintenance but Lara said the SSL certificate was purchased yesterday at 10:00 a.m., and the HTML where the image is hosted was built in February 2021. The director of SAIME, Gustavo Vizcaíno, promised before the system crash that he would distribute 25,000 passports a day from August.
- ANC-imposed Attorney General Tarek William Saab has released a video in which Mayi Cumare, wife of Carlos Lanz, confesses to planning his murder. Cumare read a script praising the Public Prosecutor’s Office: “The Public Ministry, in an efficient manner, has reactivated several actions which involve a more solid investigation”, she read. Saab reiterated that a polygraph test and psychiatric evaluations determined Cumare was lying and she confessed, two years later and for no reason. Former prosecutor Zair Mundaray assured that the ministry did not act according to the law and there is no investigation where the state proves its case beyond reasonable doubt. Without the testimonies of Castellano and Cumare, the state cannot prove they are guilty because there is no weapon, body, blood or forensic genetics to prove it. Mundaray warned that this matter was not closed.
- Maduro’s foreign minister, Carlos Faría, met with Brian Glynn, director general of the European External Action Service for “EU-Venezuela relations, based on diplomacy”. Faría said he expressed his intention to “strengthen cooperation on energy, environment and health”.
- Saab also said in an interview with Maduro’s culture minister, Ernesto Villegas, that the court’s decision in the failed attempt at magnicide case where 16 people, including Juan Requesens, were charged, will be a verdict of guilt. The trial is not over.
- Venezuela is the second most hungry country in Latin America, according to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In 2013 and 2014, they recognized Hugo Chávez for “overcoming poverty and hunger”. The Caribbean is the region with the highest proportion of affected inhabitants, with Haiti at 47%, Venezuela at 23% and Nicaragua at 19%.
Serving and retired civil servants protested outside the offices of the United Nations Development Program over pay cuts, missing bonus payments and the reduction or removal of benefits.
- INAMEH reported that tropical wave Nº 16 will pass over the central region and bring rain, electrical storms and high winds. They reiterated that a major Saharan dust flow is progressing towards the Caribbean and will reach the country between Wednesday and Friday.
- Hidrocapital tweeted photos of the maintenance and repairs of the Tuy III system, which will be completed on Tuesday afternoon.
- The US government has extended TPS for Venezuelan citizens until March 10, 2024.
- Carlos Orense Azocar, a Venezuelan accused of drug trafficking, was extradited from Italy to the United States at the end of June. El-Gordo is considered one of the main logisticians of the Los Soles cartel: “He is the big operator (…) the man who takes care of the logistics and who transports the drugs”, reports the New Herald.
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