Venezuela: Arrest of First Deputy of Guido

Venezuelan intelligence on Wednesday arrested the vice president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, a move immediately denounced by the president of the association Juan Guadillo.

Intelligence agents arrested Edgar Zambrano in the capital Caracas for his role in supporting Guido’s rebellion.

“We warn the people of Venezuela and the international community: the regime has kidnapped the first deputy” of the president of the National Assembly, Guido, who received Western recognition as interim president of the country, wrote on Twitter.

“They are trying to destroy the force that represents all the Venezuelans, but they will not succeed in that.”

In a separate event, the Venezuelan Supreme Court charged three deputies to the National Assembly for supporting the Guido uprising.

The court accused Freddy Suprlano, Sergio Ferghara and Juan Andres Mejia of treason and conspiracy.

This brings the number of opposition MPs charged with Guido’s support to 10, after the court announced the indictment of seven others Tuesday.

Shortly after the arrest was announced, the Constituent Assembly, one of the tools of the Venezuelan regime, stripped the seven deputies of parliamentary immunity.

On April 2, Guido, recognized as Venezuela’s temporary president by more than 50 countries, was stripped of immunity.

The Constituent Assembly said it would suspend the immunity of any deputy to support the uprising, which led to two days of clashes between security forces and demonstrators.

 

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Venezuelan intelligence on Wednesday arrested the vice president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, a move immediately denounced by the president of the association Juan Guadillo.

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