Chavez criticizes human
rights court over ruling

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has criticized the Inter-American Court of Human Rights following its ruling in favor of an opposition politician who is trying to run for president.

The Costa Rica-based court ruled opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez should be allowed to seek office despite a decision by Venezuela's top anti-corruption official that barred him from being a candidate due to a corruption probe.

Chavez says the court is part of an international system that, in his words, "protects the corrupt and obeys the mandate" of the United States and the wealthy in Venezuela.

But Chavez also says it is not up to him to respond to the decision, saying that is up to other Venezuelan institutions.

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