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  • Lawmaker Juan Guaido violated measures imposed by the Supreme Court on Jan. 29.

    Lawmaker Juan Guaido violated measures imposed by the Supreme Court on Jan. 29. | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 April 2019

The actions include the prohibition to leave the country, prohibition to sell property goods, freezing of bank accounts or any other financial instruments in Venezuelan territory and a fine of 200 tax units for contempt, regarding the Jan. 29, 2019 judgment. 

The Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) ratified Monday a set of precautionary measures for lawmaker Juan Guaido, according to a official statement. 

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The actions include the prohibition to leave the country, prohibition to sell property goods, freezing of bank accounts or any other financial instruments in Venezuelan territory and a fine of 200 tax units for contempt, regarding the Jan. 29, 2019 judgment

"The president of the National Constituent Assembly (Diosdado Cabello) will be asked to proceed with the removal of parliamentary immunity of Juan Guaido for violating the measures imposed by the court," said the president of the TSJ,  Maikel Moreno, during a session of the judicial body.

This confirmation comes as Guaido, violated the precautionary measures imposed on Jan. 29, requested by the Venezuelan Public Ministry, in regard for the violent events that have preceded his unconstitutional and unlawful self-proclamation as “interim” president. 

"We urge that this sentence be respected and proceed to investigate for breaking it," Moreno added. The TSJ ordered the Venezuelan Prosecutor's Office to carry out a preliminary examination alleging "flagrancy."

On March 28 Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced that the U.S.-backed opposition politician has been barred from holding public office for 15 years over irregularities in his financial activities. 

The sanction stems from violations of the Organic Law of the Comptroller General, all of which could not be dismissed because the lawmaker refused to justify his income sources. More specifically, it is the consequence of "fiscal fraud," that is, the legally unjustified use of more than US$100,000 to fund more than 91 trips inside and outside Venezuela.

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