Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Commends Additional Sanctions Against Maduro Regime’s Puppet Supreme Tribunal of Justice

May 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Treasury Department issued sanctions against members of the Maduro regime’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice, sometimes referred to as the Supreme Court, in Venezuela.

“Today, President Trump imposed tough sanctions on the Maduro regime’s puppet Supreme Tribunal of Justice in response to escalating human rights abuses and repression, and the shameful assaults on Venezuela's democratic institutions such as the National Assembly.  The Supreme Tribunal Court’s decision to strip the elected National Assembly of its powers was an affront to the will of the Venezuelan people, who are entitled to representative government and an independent judiciary.  These sanctions, in addition to Ambassador Nikki Haley's words yesterday at the United Nations, are a strong condemnation of the devastation and tyranny wreaked by the Maduro regime.  While Maduro imprisons political opponents, censors media, corrupts institutions, and instigates violence against protesters, I commend President Trump for once again taking a strong stand on behalf of the Venezuelan people.”