[News] Venezuelan Top Court Orders Prosecution of 7 Lawmakers over Participation in Coup

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  Venezuelan Top Court Orders Prosecution of 7 Lawmakers over
  Participation in Coup

May 7, 2019
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The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela, found guilty 
seven opposition lawmakers of the Venezuelan National Assembly, which 
has been in contampt oif that very court since 2016, for illicit 
activity linked to treason, conspiracy, instigation for civil rebellion, 
conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, and public 
instigation for disobedience of the laws, after their participation in 
the attempted coup on April 30.

Henry Ramos Allup, Luis Germán Florido, Marianela Magallanes López, José 
Simón Calzadilla Peraza, Andrés Enrique Delgado Velázquez, Amerigo De 
Grazia and Richard José Blanco Delgado have been held responsible for 
the violation of articles 128, 132, 143, 145 , 163, 213, 285, stipulated 
in the Venezuelan Penal Code, before the Flagrant Commission of Common 
Crimes.

This request for indictment was made official by the Attorney General of 
the Public Ministry of Venezuela Tarek Willian Saab.

Meanwhile, the Plenary Chamber of the Venezuelan Supreme Court decided 
to send a certified copy to the President of the National Constituent 
Assembly of Venezuela (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, so that he continues the 
judicial process against the seven opposition deputies.

According to the statutes of the Constitutional Chamber of the High 
Court, in this case the preliminary hearing of merit against the seven 
Venezuelan officials has to take place in ordinary courts in criminal 
matters of the South American nation to expedite the prosecution of 
these citizens.

On April 30, Juan Guaido, the oppostion lawmaker who had illegally 
self-proclaimed as the country's interim president back in January, 
called on people and the military to take to the streets to carry out a 
coup to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition lawmakers 
mentioned above participated in the attempted coup d'etat in the 
Altamira Distributor, east of the capital Caracas.

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