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  • Luisa Ortega Diaz, Venezuela's attorney-general

    Luisa Ortega Diaz, Venezuela's attorney-general | Photo: EFE

Published 2 July 2017

Luisa Ortega Diaz is facing a hearing for dereliction of duties in her official role as attorney general.

Venezuela's vice president, Tareck El Aissami, accused Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, of ratcheting up right-ing violence that seeks to overthrow the Bolivarian government.

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El Aissami cited Ortega for harboring sympathies toward those promoting acts to destabilize Venezuela according to Prensa Latina. He stressed that the Prosecutor's Office had become an appendage of opposition fervor by allowing crimes committed against the democratically-elected government of President Nicolas Maduro to go unpunished.

Ortega is facing a hearing at Venezuela's Supreme Court for dereliction of duties in her official role as attorney general. The trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and the top court has already ordered her bank account, and the sum of her assets, to be frozen.

Amid growing right-wing sabotage which included the torching of 40 tons of subsidized food and a helicopter terrorist against the Supreme Court and Ministry of Internal Relations, Justice and Peace headquarters last week, Maduro has called a National Constituent Assembly to help foster dialogue and peace in the country. At least 91 people have died and 1,200 have been injured since the upheaval began in early April.

The elections take place on July 30 when 545 candidates will be selected to represent the country's social, regional and economic sectors.

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