Venezuela's renegade attorney general goes after judges

A staunch figure of the ruling party, Attorney General Luisa Ortega, 59, is the highest public official to break ranks with Maduro over the country's deadly political crisis.

Venezuela's renegade attorney general goes after judges

World Bulletin / News Desk

Venezuela's attorney general raised the stakes in her standoff with the government Tuesday by demanding eight Supreme Court judges loyal to President Nicolas Maduro be put on trial.

She has accused him and his allies of acting unconstitutionally in their standoff against the opposition in recent months of anti-government protests.

In her latest maneuver to pressure the socialist president, she told reporters she'd filed a case accusing the eight judges of allowing "a breakdown in constitutional order."

The charge refers to a ruling by the court in late March that seized power from the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislature.

The court later revoked the decision under international pressure, but it sparked a series of protests that has continued ever since.

Clashes between demonstrators and police have left 67 people dead, according to prosecutors.

Ortega said in a radio interview on Monday that intelligence officials had been threatening and harassing her family.

Pro-government lawmaker Pedro Carreno filed a motion in the assembly calling for the court to order that Ortega be examined by a psychologist.

"It is clear that this lady is not in her right mind," he told reporters. He called for experts to declare she was suffering from "insanity" and should be fired.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Haziran 2017, 10:30