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Venezuelan justice minister on Ramos kidnapping: “We have faith in the swift clarification in this case”

Nov 11, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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Mark Zuckerman of has what is the first truly encouraging words about the Wilson Ramos case so far.

The upshot: it sounds like the Venezuelan government — which has been widely criticized for being ineffectual in such cases and blamed for creating the environment in which some lawlessness has been allowed to thrive, actually realizes how big a deal Ramos’ kidnapping is and is mobilizing. There are reports of aerial operations and the sense is that the investigation is being taken “to another level.”

The Venezuelan justice minister says “[w]e have faith in the swift clarification in this case.”

Here’s hoping.

  1. ThatGuy - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Of course they are. Ramos is a pro baseball player, if Kidnappers actually start aggressively targeting baseball players(or any pro sports players) because this one is succesful, they will stop going home during the offseason. Other nationalities will stop going their for Winter ball. That is cash flying out of the Venezulan economy and tax coffers. They need to nip this in the butt.

    • spudchukar - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      Not to be pedantic, picayunish, and piddley, not to mention nitpicky, but the proper phrase is “nip in the bud”.

      • cur68 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Spuddy, my little doggie begs to differ; she nips things in the butt. Rather firmly. Puts a stop to all sorts of things.

      • spudchukar - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Hey, Cur, have you seen the new commercial (at least new here), by Duluth clothing where they are advertising their tough work pants as being Beaver bite proof. Gonna get me some, and come awrestlin’. Trust me, the animated Beaver is one bad-assed looking rodent.

      • kopy - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        I assumed such pants were outlawed by the Beaver Wrestling Association.

      • cur68 - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        Proceeding to YouTube henceforth, Spuddy. I gotta see this add. BWA does some sanction some protective gear…strictly for prophylactic reasons of course.

      • spudchukar - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:15 PM

        You can go to and select the Inside Duluth/Duluth ads.

      • cur68 - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        Saw add. LMAO. Ordering “Firehose Work Pants” now.

  2. cur68 - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Being a pro ball player is what got Ramos kidnapped in the first place. That very fact may in fact account for why he and his kidnappers have still not been heard from. It’s likely he’s signing a lot of autographs right now and meeting a lot of family members. I sure hope so.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    The Venezuelan justice minister says “[w]e have faith in the swift clarification in this case.”

    If this turn of phrase confuses you it’s because it’s a literal translation, a more helpful way to translate this phrase is: We have faith that the details surrounding this case will be uncovered quickly (evidence, perpetrators, events).

    Background: The full title is Minister of Interior and Justice. An acceptable acronym is MIJ. This ministry is of sort of combination homeland security – justice department but it leans more heavily on the security side than the judicial side.

    This was the deputy justice minister for accuracy’s sake. But for those that are curious: Tareck El Aissami is the MIJ, and Edwin Rojas the deputy MIJ.

  4. nomoreseasontix - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    “Swift clarification”?… Huh?
    He’s been snatched. What’s not clear?

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      See my posting above regarding loss in translation…

      • nomoreseasontix - Nov 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        OK, man…. Got it.

  5. silverdeer - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Maybe they already know who abducted him. With the way governments are today, I wouldn’t be surprised if corruption didn’t run through it.

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