Venezuela's Supreme Court Gives Opposition Mayor 15-Month Jail Term

Marsha Scott
August 10, 2017

The first vice president of the ANC Aristobulo Isturiz said this will help the country fight "the economic war that Venezuela is facing".

The order bars anti-government lawmakers in the congress from taking any action that would interfere with the laws passed by the newly installed assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, the group's leader, declared to unanimous approval.

Foreign ministers of 12 nations in the Americas met in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday to discuss the "critical situation in Venezuela" and to explore ways to achieve a "peaceful and negotiated" outcome.

He said Guterres is also supporting worldwide and regional efforts seeking to revive talks.

The u.s. State department blasted the assembly, rejected by 72% of Venezuelans according to the institute Datanalisis, as "the result illegitimate an irregular procedure designed by a dictator".

As the number of deaths continues to rise on the streets of Caracas, Nicolas Maduro threatens to unleash a ruthless army, if the protesters will attempt to overthrow the government, writes The Guardian.

On Tuesday, Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered the arrest and 15-month imprisonment of opposition mayor Ramon Muchacho.

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Meanwhile, the United Nations has condemned the use of extensive force and detention of anti-government protestors.

The Assembly also created a Truth Commission with plenipotentiary power to ensure justice to victims of violence during the wave of protests against the government that have left at least 120 dead since April.

It said it had investigated 124 deaths in connection with demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government, and found 46 attributable to security forces and 27 to pro-government armed groups, with the rest unclear. "The team's findings also indicate patterns of other human rights violations, including violent house raids, torture and ill treatment of those detained in connection with the protests", said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the United Nations Human Rights Office.

In Peru, a dozen American nations - including Latin American heavyweights Brazil, Mexico and Argentina - and Canada issued a joint statement condemning "the break in democratic rule in Venezuela".

In a document released after a meeting of seven hours in the peruvian capital, they gave their "full support and (their) solidarity" to the Parliament, controlled by the opposition.

The President also welcomed the ANC's decision to remove the sitting prosecutor general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, a vocal Maduro critic, and named former ombudsman Tarek William Saab as a temporary replacement.

The constituents also approved Tuesday during their second session a decree of coexistence with the state's public powers, reiterating that they will not replace the National Assembly that is now led by the opposition.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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