MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal in exile has sentenced the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, to a prison term of 18 years and 3 months for corruption, El Nacional newspaper reported on Thursday.
The judges announced their verdict in Colombia's Congress in the country's capital of Bogota on Wednesday, El Nacional reported.
The court also ruled that the Venezuelan president should pay $35 million in compensation to the country's government as part of a corruption case involving Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which reportedly gave a total of $439 million of bribes to officials in several Latin American countries between 2001 and 2016 in order to win contracts.
In July 2017, Maduro pledged to jail all Supreme Court justices who were sworn in by the National Assembly, which was controlled by the opposition. In addition, the Venezuelan authorities froze the judges' assets. Because of this, the justices were forced to flee Venezuela and eventually be sworn into office in exile in October 2017 at the Organization of American States in Washington.
Caracas, in its turn, does not recognize the authority of the Venezuelan Supreme Court in exile.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.