On Wednesday, Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami announced the death of Venezuelan Prosecutor General Carlos Escarrá. The former supreme court judge and parliamentarian appears to have suffered from a heart condition. Since the announcement, his family has received a steady stream of messages of support and condolence.
Shortly after the death of the prosecutor general, lawmakers and citizens gathered at the legislative palace in Caracas on Wednesday night to express their support, solidarity, and deep admiration for the distinguished Venezuelan politician.
Attorney General Escarrá, who represented Venezuela’s populous state of Aragua in the National Assembly from 2005 to 2010, earned a degree in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and graduated cum laude in law from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He was also a professor of law.
His judicial experience led him to be chosen as a member of the presidential commission on constitutional reform, and he served as vice attorney general before being named prosecutor general.
In his legislative work as a member of the National Assembly, Escarrá served two terms, and offering indispensable support for initiatives such as the Law on Communal Councils and the reform of the Law on the Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
Expressions of Solidarity
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez lamented the death of the prosecutor general, whom he called “a great soldier for this country.”
Lawmaker Juan Carlos Alemán said: “Venezuela weeps for the terrible loss of Carlos Escarrá, a fellow deputy, a man of the people, hard working, humble, simple, and with no privileges. A man that in all situations was always ready to lend a hand to a friend, to offer advice.”
Another socialist representative in the National Assembly, Zulay Martínez, said “I am concerned and very sad, but we must now reflect on the great conscience that Carlos Escarrá gave this country, his example and his teachings, because we always knew him to be full of courage and valor, and with a great commitment to the country.”
“He was the best professor,” said Karla Díaz, a former student of Escarrá’s at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, speaking outside the parliament building. “At an academic level, he has a very important legacy. His lectures were essential. He gave courses on administrative law. But the most important thing was the human relationship he had with his students, because it was about friendship, closeness. He had an excellent human quality.”
An official statement released by the Office of the Prosecutor General reads: “In almost five months as Prosecutor General, he did a commendable job worthy of revolutionary admiration and pride. He assumed as a personal challenge the revindication of the rights of pensioners and retirees, he helped to deepen and consolidate people’s power from the institutional side and to firmly defend our great country.”
YVKE Mundial / Press Office – Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / January 26, 2012