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Venezuela to try lawmakers for failed Maduro drone attack

By AFP 8 August 2018
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A handout photo made available by Miraflores press office shows the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro offering statements to the press, in Caracas, Venezuela, 04 August 2018. Maduro claimed that the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and far-right elements in Venezuela had attempted to assassinate him using a pair of drones flying over a military ceremony. The resulting explosion injured seven people. EPA-EFE/MIRAFLORES PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Venezuela's all-powerful constituent assembly said it would try opposition lawmakers Wednesday over a failed attack on President Nicolas Maduro, who also accused exiled opposition leader Julio Borges.

Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello called the session to strip the lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity so they could face trial for the alleged and failed bid to kill the president.

“When justice comes, it hits hard,” Cabello said.

In a television and radio address, Maduro simultaneously accused opposition legislator Juan Requesens and Borges, a former parliamentary speaker currently in exile who is a top opposition figure, of having plotted a drone “assassination” attempt on the Socialist leader over the weekend.

Requesens’s party, Primero Justicia (Justice First), said he and his sister Rafaela were “arrested and hit” in a sweep by a group of 14 men from the SEBIN national intelligence service unit. DM

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