Venezuela to charge opposition leader in Maduro ‘assassination plot’

Venezuela to charge opposition leader in Maduro ‘assassination plot’

Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:44AM GMT

The Venezuelan government is set to indict opposition leader Maria Corina Machado over what it calls her involvement in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

The office of Venezuela’s state prosecutor said on Wednesday that Machado should appear in court on December 3 for being linked to a plot to assassinate Maduro and set the stage for a coup.

Machado’s office said in a statement that she will hold a press conference in response to the summons later in the day.

The former member of the Venezuelan parliament also said that the state prosecutor’s announcement was a retribution for her demand that new leadership assume power at the country’s state elections council.

The accusation had initially been made back in May, with Machado denying them as “infamy.”

Machado, a former lawmaker, has also been accused of instigating anti-government protests, which led to the deaths of 43 people, earlier this year.

One of Maduro’s fiercest adversaries, she was barred from leaving Venezuela in June.

In the same month, Caracas issued arrest warrants for three other Venezuelan opposition figures living abroad.

Venezuela says evidence in its possession shows that the individuals were implicated in a plot to topple President Maduro with the help of the United States.

Venezuela has been accusing Washington of instigating protests in an effort aimed at toppling Maduro.

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