Venezuelan Assembly Demands Probe and Trial of ‘Traitors’
The all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a decree Tuesday ordering authorities to investigate and try Venezuelans believed responsible for supporting new U.S. economic sanctions.
The decree declares all those who promoted the latest U.S. response to the socialist government’s handling of the country’s political conflict as “traitors of the patria” and directs the chief prosecutor’s office to immediately initiate a probe.
“Those who call for treason leave us no option but to treat them as enemies of their own country,” said Diosdado Cabello, a delegate and leader of the ruling socialist party.
The move came just days after President Nicolas Maduro vowed to prosecute for treason opponents he accused of being behind the U.S. financial sanctions.
Maduro singled out Julio Borges, president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress, but Borges said Tuesday that he bore no responsibility for Venezuela’s growing economic peril. “The only one responsible is Maduro,” Borges said.
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