Information on whether Fabio Fasano was a political representative of the Causa Radical party in October 1993 and whether he had the authority to confirm the names of party representatives of a particular parish [VEN24685.E]

The information that follows was provided by deputy Jose Albornoz, head of the Causa Radical (Causa-R) party of Venezuela, during a 30 July 1996 telephone interview with the DIRB.

For some years (including 1993) Fabio Fasano has been an active member of Causa-R. He, like other relatively well-known party members, could have written letters certifying or confirming a person's affiliation to the party in any particular parish or location in late 1993. The source pointed out that the writing and signing of such letters of accreditation are not a responsibility that is formally granted or limited to a particular party member; they are made as circumstances require, by party members who have the necessary standing and credibility within Causa-R. The party head's office could not find any record of such a letter or certificate being requested from or issued by Mr. Fasano in October 1993; nevertheless, the source noted that this does not necessarily mean he did not sign any such letter or certificate at that time.

Finally, the deputy stated that Causa-R is interested in discussing in person (not by telephone, due to privacy and security concerns) any alleged cases of abuses committed against its members, as it is in his party's interest to verify and address any such problems when they occur.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Causa Radical (Causa-R) party, Caracas. 30 July 1996. Telephone interview with party head (jefe de fracción).