Venezuela to prosecute lawmakers who backed uprising

Venezuela to prosecute lawmakers who backed uprising

Venezuela to prosecute lawmakers who backed uprising

Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed sanctions imposed on Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera (Cristopher), who last week broke ranks with the Maduro regime and rallied to the support of the Venezuelan constitution and the National Assembly.

In a statement on Facebook, the court said on Tuesday that the assembly would determine if proceedings could be opened to investigate crimes including conspiracy, treason, and rebellion, without detailing which actions the politicians had taken that could be considered criminal. The International Contact Group, consisting of eight European countries, the European Union and four Latin American countries, concluded its meeting in San Jose on Tuesday.

Guiadó presided over a national assembly session Tuesday. While US officials have previously dangled what they called "off ramps" for those hit with sanctions who abandon Maduro, this is the first time the Trump administration has made good on its pledge.

The Constituent Assembly said it would suspend the immunity of any politicians who backed the April 30 uprising, which set off two days of violent clashes between security forces and protesters, killing five people.

In a new interview with CBS news, US-backed Guaidó weighed in on whether he thinks the USA should intervene militarily. "And if there are options we have to consider and alternatives, then we will", said Guaidó.

"I told the generals and admirals yesterday: loyalty, I want an active loyalty", Maduro said in a speech to some 5,000 troops that was broadcast nationally on radio and television.

Russian Federation has had deep military cooperation with Venezuela over the years, including supplying weapons and aircraft.

Guaido has described Maduro as a usurper, calling his 2018 re-election fraudulent.

"We hope the action that our nation is taking today will encourage others to follow the example of General Cristopher Figuera and members of the military who have also stepped forward", Mr Pence said in a speech at the U.S. state department.

The foreign minister continued on by saying that the number of Russian military experts in Venezuela may be increased. Asked about military intervention, he said only that it was a "controversial option".

Shanahan and Pence stressed the United States is seeking a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela, even after protests in support of Guaido last week sparked violence.

For now, it's offering aid and ramping up diplomatic pressure.

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