Venezuelan Diplomat Faces Murder Charges in Kenya – NYTimes.com

Sometimes factual tales of murder, espionage and diplomatic intrigue are stranger than fiction.

It seemed a jaw-dropping case of diplomatic foul play, which the police said was motivated by “jostling for positions in the embassy.” But almost as stunning as the gruesome murder itself — Ms. Fonseca was bound hand and foot and a rope was tied around her neck, according to local news reports — was the rapidity with which Venezuelan officials stripped Mr. Sagaray of the diplomatic immunity that could have protected him.

via Venezuelan Diplomat Faces Murder Charges in Kenya – NYTimes.com.

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8 thoughts on “Venezuelan Diplomat Faces Murder Charges in Kenya – NYTimes.com

  1. The international political scene as of late seems to be saturated with foul play when it comes to rising to power. I am shocked with how often I come across primitive violence in politics when it’s supposed to be a civil platform where everyone’s voices can be heard. Communist China, also facing elections, has been grappling with factions, and foul play as well. One of the more prominent scandals was that of Bo Xilai and his wife, who abused their wealth and status. Xilai’s wife has been charged and found guilty of murdering their English butler because of the threat he posed to the security of their reputation. Regardless of details, we are able to see that in both Venezuela and China, the elite ruling class are corrupt beyond measure and power-hungry. The continuing deterioration of society’s moral fabric is apparent in international political and economic scenes today.

  2. logankeicher says:

    The idea of diplomatic immunity is a very interesting one and one that could very easily be abused, as it appears is the case here. With respect to Mr Sagaray’s quick rise to the top, the article said “Mr. Sagaray’s easy vault to a top post in the foreign service is emblematic of a diplomatic corps that has been transformed to meet political ends and reward loyalists within Mr. Chávez’s Socialist-inspired revolution.” It seems obvious that some sort of foul play or other sorts of scheming was going on in order for him to rise to the top that fast and I wonder what that could have entailed. It also makes me wonder in what ways and with what frequency the freedoms of diplomatic immunity are abused. Anyone have any insights on that?

    • Ankit Lohani says:

      Logan, the freedoms of diplomatic immunity is abused everywhere. Even in the United States, the President nominates the Supreme court judges based on the whether the candidate’s supports Democratic or Republican party. The only difference is that we have a strong media and press, and election in every four years which puts on checks and balances on the system and none of this can be found in a lot of developing countries.

  3. ludimilasdp says:

    I think the question that we should ask is, why the Venezuelan Government trusted a fairly new employee (he was hired in 2010) and high rank him so fast, and then Cut him loose so fast as well.
    According to my understanding of the article, the investigations are not even finished, even though he was not the best employee, it would be wrong to assume anything before the final sayings, but taking his immunity so prematurely is not only a way of the Venezuelan State to say they know that Sagaray murdered Fonsceca, but is also a way to show to the Kenyian Government that they don’t support Sagaray.

  4. Dylan Bates says:

    This is an interesting story. It seems like there is something going on behind the scenes politically. Why would the Venezuelan government give up their diplomat so quickly without investigation? It seems that they don’t care to preserve him, otherwise they would try to investigate. Maybe he wasn’t doing good work and they needed a reason to replace him. It seems odd that they would promote him so fast if he weren’t good.
    This article explains that the Kenyan police aren’t the best at investigating and solving crimes. It seems that if the Venezuelan government wanted to get to the bottom of the murder of their diplomat, they would have done something themselves.

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201208150071.html

  5. I believe that the Venezuelan Government is using Sagaray as a scapegoat. There are more internal problems in play here. There has been no evidence that has pinned Sagaray to the murder yet the Venezuelans were quick to pull back that immunity.
    Furthermore, Sagaray has an alibi. He was in his home. The only motive that could be put on Sagaray is that he killed the victim as a “power play”. Really… There many other ways to reach to the top in politics. Sagaray had only just been appointed. Why would he do such a drastic stunt a couple of months after he was appointed?
    Also there was recent contention between the victim and the workers at the embassy. There motives are provable being that they were actively complaining against how their new boss, the victim, was mistreating them.
    Clearly there are other suspects in this case. Yet the Venezuelan Government chooses Sagaray. Why? Because he is an easy scapegoat

  6. I think Chavez has made it evident from the beginning of his presidency that extortion, propaganda, violence and oppression were going to be central themes to his ‘presidency’. Thus, it only follows that his diplomats and entire political system would follow suit.

    It seems that new many diplomats are rising within the ranks of Venezuelan politics under Chavez having never seen how true politics works in the rest of the world. In order to rise to power in Venezuela you have to play dirty politics, so many politicians grow to assume that is the essence of politics. If someone’s in your way, you dispose of them, and are rewarded for your ambition. Here seems a case where Sagaray, faced with a threat to his power, did what he would in his own country- get rid of the threat. He most likely pulled a similar stunt to get to Kenya anyway, and grossly misjudged his value to his government and Chavez himself. Saragay’s assumption that Chavez would clean up his messes obviously rubbed Chavez the wrong way, a man probably used to having others clean up his messes. So, Chavez did what a cold-hearted dictator does best, cut his losses and move on.

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201208160015.html

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