Chief prose­cu­tor seeks protection af­ter ac­counts frozen

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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”.

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