Chief prosecutor seeks protection after accounts frozen
Venezuela’s attorney general has asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection after the supreme court barred her from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen.
Tensions between Luisa Ortega Díaz and President Nicolás Maduro’s leftwing administration have been escalating since she contested a supreme court decision in March dissolving the oppositioncontrolled national assembly and sparking a wave of unrest. She has since become one of the few critical voices within the government, apart from the congress, challenging Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution and pressing charges against officers responsible for deaths during anti-government protests.
Last Friday Ortega Díaz’s office said it was summoning the intelligence agency chief, Gustavo González, to appear on suspicion of “committing grave and systemic violations of human rights”.