Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Venezuela: Maduro regime has 'kidnapped' national assembly vice president, says Guaidó

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"It warned of "consequences" if he is not immediately released".

Venezuela's Supreme Court head, Maikel Moreno, on Wednesday rebuffed the USA government's threats to sanction members of his court if they did not reject President Nicolas Maduro's government and back opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The Supreme Court had earlier accused the politicians of conspiracy, rebellion and treason.

Edgar Zambrano, the assembly vice president, said on Twitter that agents from the Sebin intelligence agency had surprised him and, after he refused to get out of his vehicle, were using a tow truck to take him to the Sebin's Caracas headquarters.

The court, which created the Constituent Assembly in 2017 to overrule the National Assembly, would be responsible for signing off on any warrant for an arrest of Guaido, which the Trump administration has said would elicit a harsh response. An attempted uprising last week led by Guaido, recognized as the legitimate head of state by the United States and other Western countries, failed to dislodge Maduro, as have a series of US sanctions against his government.

The opposition said Mr Maduro had stacked the court with his own supporters.

The United States embassy said that Mr Zambrano's "arbitrary detention" was "illegal and inexcusable". The Maduro government accuses Zambrano of being involved in that attempted uprising, NPR's Philip Reeves reports. It was not yet clear if Zambrano was already at the Helicoide.

Early Thursday US President Donald Trump-whose country was among the first to back Guaido-said he was "discussing the awful abuses by Maduro".

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They have declared Maduro's leadership "illegitimate" since he secured a second six-year term in elections last May widely criticised as tainted.

Venezuela has suffered five years of recession that has seen more than 2.7 million people flee poverty, hyperinflation, food shortages and insecurity since 2015, according to United Nations figures.

The Constituent Assembly removed Guaido's parliamentary immunity in early April.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., wants the U.S. Navy to block Cuba and Venezuela's oil trade.

Separately, Venezuela's Supreme Court indicted three more lawmakers for backing Guaido's uprising which set off two days of clashes between security forces and protesters.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the Trump administration would soon sanction the 25 remaining members of the court.

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