CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)– Venezuela’s Supreme Court opened criminal cases Monday against four National Assembly legislators opposed to President Nicolas Maduro, accusing them of disobedience and treason for their part in a stopped working military uprising.
The action gave 23 the number of anti-Maduro legislators under prosecution amidst a power battle between the socialist president and opposition leader Juan Guaido.
The political leaders are allied with Guaido, who as head of the opposition-controlled congress launched a campaign in January to oust Maduro with support from the United States and 4 dozen other nations.
Lawyer General Tarek Williams Saab, a Maduro ally, on Friday submitted the case versus the 4 lawmakers with the court, which is stacked with Maduro patriots.
Also Monday, the pro-Maduro National Constituent Assembly– a competing legal body to the National Assembly– voted to remove the four legislators of resistance from prosecution.
The lawmakers are Jorge Millán, Hernán Alemán, Carlos Lozano and Luis Stefanelli. They stayed complimentary from prison Monday, however the place of each was uncertain.
The charges stem from their alleged function supporting the stopped working military uprising that Guaido led April 30 amidst his quote to oust Maduro. The charges consist of treason, conspiracy, prompting insurrection and civil rebellion.
Similar charges landed the assembly’s very first vice president, Edgar Zambrano, in jail for 4 months previously this year. He was shocked by a task force system of intelligence authorities that surrounded his vehicle outside his political celebration’s headquarters and towed to prison.
Zambrano was launched in September in the middle of a dialogue in between Maduro with minority opposition companies that don’t include Guaido.
Guaido called the most recent court action versus the 4 lawmakers the “persecution of the dictatorship” that he said is bent on destroying the National Assembly– the only branch of federal government in Venezuela not under Maduro ´ s control.