Thursday, January 26, 2023

Venezuela: Order for the arrest of the leader of the opposition

CARACAS ( Associated Press) – Venezuela’s attorney general’s office on Monday ordered the arrest of opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s former head of foreign relations, Julio Borges, for alleged links to a failed coup to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro in 2019. .

In a statement broadcast on state television, Attorney General Tarek William Saab indicated that the judicial remedy against Borges is for the crimes of sedition, conspiracy and criminal association. Saab said the action follows statements by opposition party leader Volantad Popular and opposition leader Leopoldo López during a recent virtual press conference with foreign media.

López pointed out that Borges had a “direct and necessary involvement in the events” of April 2019, when López himself led a failed military coup.

Hours later, via his Twitter account, Borges said the new arrest warrant against him was an “act of torture of the dictatorship”, as he calls the Maduro government. “This is the third arrest warrant issued against me by the Maduro prosecutor,” he insisted.

In another tweet, he said that this “new attack” did not scare him and that he would “keep fighting until the Maduro dictatorship is out of power and Venezuelans can live in freedom.”

Borges – who was appointed in January 2017 for a year as president of the National Assembly, then with an opposition majority – lives as a refugee in Colombia after two legal proceedings were launched against him, including one Relates to a dispute over Venezuelan gold deposited in England. ,

The Maduro government has tried since October 2018 to recover 30 tons of gold that is in the custody of the Bank of England. The judicial process is being followed in London to control over $100 million worth of Venezuelan gold. Maduro’s opponents say handing it over to him is illegal because Britain does not recognize Maduro as president.

Due to the failed rebellion, 93 people are under investigation, of whom seven have already been convicted, 19 are facing trial and deprived of their liberty, five are on trial, two are pardoned. have been arrested and another 38 are absconding, the lawyer said.

López was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison in 2015 for promoting violent protests in Caracas. After the failed military coup, he took refuge in the Spanish diplomatic headquarters and then traveled to Madrid, where he visited his relatives.

He spent more than three years at the Remo Verde military prison on the outskirts of the capital, and in 2017 was transferred under house arrest to his home, from where he fled in the midst of a failed military uprising.

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