Venezuela president ties opposition leader to drone attack

08 August, 2018, 12:21 | Author: Eric Barnett
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He also pointed the finger at Colombia and critics in the USA, adding perpetrators will face "maximum punishment".

"Several of the declarations indicated Julio Borges".

Maduro said in a nationally televised broadcast Tuesday night that statements by suspects already arrested point to Julio Borges, an opposition leaders living in exile in Colombia.

Nicolas Maduro and his government said the president had been targeted on Saturday by two flying drones each carrying a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of powerful C-4 explosives.


Another opposition lawmaker, Juan Requesens, was also singled out by Maduro for having been involved in the failed attempt.

"Fourteen men of the SEBIN (intelligence agency) forcefully kidnapped lawmaker Juan Requesens and the president of the Federation of University Centers, Rafaela Requesens", the Justice First party, to which Requesens belongs, tweeted.

Venezuelan law grants lawmakers immunity from prosecution while in office, but the head of the country's pro-Maduro constitutional assembly said he would propose stripping that protection from the two lawmakers. The president had said far-right wing factions within Venezuela working in collaboration with conspirators in Colombia's Bogota and Miami in the United States were responsible.

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