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Chavez: Venezuela to pull out of rights court

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his government will pull out of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights after a ruling that he called a travesty.

Chavez said on Tuesday that he instructed his foreign minister to take the necessary steps for Venezuela to withdraw from the Costa Rica-based rights court.

Chavez criticized the court for ruling in favor of Venezuelan Raul Diaz, who was accused of participating in 2003 bombings of the Spanish Embassy and Colombian consulate in Caracas. Diaz maintains he had no part in the bombings, which injured four.

Diaz was sentenced to more than 9 years in prison, but in 2010 fled the country after a court allowed him out for work during certain hours.

Chavez accused the court of supporting "terrorism" in siding with Diaz.

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