Venezuela’s Maduro ac­cuses op­po­si­tion leader of trea­son

Observer on Saturday - - News - AFP

Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro on Thurs­day ac­cused op­po­si­tion leader Julio Borges of trea­son for em­bark­ing on a Euro­pean tour to rally in­ter­na­tional pow­ers against Cara­cas.

Borges, who leads the Na­tional As­sem­bly that Maduro ef­fec­tively shut down by cre­at­ing a new Con­stituent As­sem­bly in July, has held meetings this week with the lead­ers of France, Spain, Ger­many and Bri­tain, with Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Thurs­day pledg­ing her “un­wa­ver­ing sup­port” for the op­po­si­tion.

“It makes no dif­fer­ence to

CARA­CAS

me what Merkel says or the queen of Eng­land, in Venezuela we have jus­tice.

We don’t take or­ders from Lon­don, or Madrid, or Wash­ing­ton,” he told the new leg­isla­tive body. The left-wing leader, who weath­ered a wave of protests from April to July that left 125 peo­ple dead but is fac­ing a grow­ing eco­nomic cri­sis, added that Borges must be tried for “trea­son to the fa­ther­land”, a crime pun­ish­able by up to 30 years in prison.

SUS­PI­CIOUS: Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

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