Venezuela Attorney General Banned from Leaving Country Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing
EspañolVenezuela’s Attorney General is scheduled to appear before the Supreme Court next week for a hearing to decide whether she should remain in her position, and has been told she cannot leave the country until then.
Luisa Ortega Díaz, who came out this month with criticisms of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship, is reportedly being accused of mishandling appointments of judges, and even of being mentally unfit for her position. The Supreme Court, which is controlled by the regime, announced the hearing will be held July 4 at 10 a.m. local time. Until that date, Ortega’s accounts have been frozen and she’s been prohibited from leaving the country.
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Ortega had previously been a strong supporter of Venezuela’s left, dating back to President Hugo Chavez. But as the political, economic and social conditions of the country worsen, she has begun to openly criticize Maduro’s regime.
Yesterday, a group of rogue police officers stole a government helicopter and shot at several government buildings. Maduro called it terrorism, but Ortega lashed back saying that it was Maduro’s regime that was the true sponsor of terror, shooting at peaceful protesters that have appeared on the streets for over three straight months.
“We continue to witness the rupture of the constitutional order. The constitution keeps on being violated and the government institutions are being dismantled,” Ortega said.
Maduro’s regime has used such comments to support a claim that Ortega is not mentally fit to be serving at such a high and important position in government.
“It is evident that this lady is not in her right mind,” said state attorney Pedro Carreño at a press conference following a request for a pre-trial hearing. “It is clear that this lady is not normal.”