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Venezuelan judge calls for Guaido to lose immunity

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was stripped of immunity by the country's Constituent Assembly on April 2 Colombia warns Russia over military support to Maduro regime
Deanna Wagner | 05 April, 2019, 21:44

The move came after Supreme Court Justice Maikel Moreno ordered the Constituent Assembly to strip Guaido of immunity for violating an order banning him from leaving Venezuela.

However, Venezuela continues to be plagued by a humanitarian crisis, with hyperinflation, blackouts, water and medicine shortage, and sanctions by the U.S. further crippling the situation.

Critics of the controversial two-year-old body say it was created to rubber-stamp Mr Maduro's decisions and sideline the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Authorities opened a probe in January after the 35-year-old lawmaker invoked Venezuela's charter to launch an interim government and kicked off a wave of national protests after Maduro began another six-year term following 2018 elections that were widely regarded as rigged.

"This formally authorises the continuation of the trial (of Guaido)", said Constituent Assembly Chief Diosdado Cabello, who is also the Vice President of the Socialist Party. So far, Maduro has avoided jailing Guaido. The action must be approved by the National Assembly _ steps that weren't taken in Guaido's case.

It also authorized the high court to criminally prosecute him for proclaiming himself the country's top leader.

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"The people are determined and nothing is going to stop us", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence, center, sitting next to Carlos Anez, left, and Veronica Vadell Weggeman, right, speaks during a meeting in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office on the White House complex in Washington, with family members of the six Citgo executives now detained in Venezuela, April 2, 2019. The opposition leader is also accused of inciting violence linked to street protests and receiving illicit funds from overseas.

"They can try to kidnap me", said Mr Guaido, who is recognised as the oil-rich country's interim president by more than 50 countries.

The declaration called upon the United Nations to support a political peace process in Venezuela and prevent any foreign military intervention in the crisis-stricken South American country.

On late Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro adopted a month-long plan to restore the nation's power supply system that envisages regulation of the power system load.

"We must unite now more than ever", said Guaido at a Caracas university earlier Monday.