Venezuela’s previous top prosecutor Luisa Ortega arrived in Colombia on Friday, migration authorities said, following she was fired by a controversial new legislative superbody and said she feared for her everyday living.
BOGOTA: Venezuela’s previous top prosecutor Luisa Ortega arrived in Colombia on Friday, migration authorities in Bogota said, following she was fired by a controversial new legislative superbody and said she feared for her everyday living.
Ortega broke with socialist President Nicolas Maduro in late March and grew to become a vocal critic of his unpopular authorities, eventually likely into hiding following the freshly elected constituent assembly fired her before this thirty day period.
The assembly fired Ortega throughout its 1st session on Aug. five, but she and some governments in the area have refused to take the body’s conclusions.
“This afternoon the legal professional common of Venezuela Luisa Ortega Diaz arrived from Aruba in a non-public aircraft to Bogota’s airport and completed the corresponding migration course of action,” Colombia’s migration company said in a assertion.
She was accompanied by her partner, the legislator German Ferrer, the assertion extra. It was not crystal clear irrespective of whether the few were searching for asylum in Colombia.
The fifty nine-yr-outdated instructed Reuters in an job interview this thirty day period that she feared the authorities would “deprive me of my everyday living.”
Her substitution, ex-human rights ombudsman Tarek Saab, this week outlined corruption accusations against Ortega and her partner.
The few are accused of running an “extortion gang” and funnelling revenue into an account in the Bahamas.
Much more than a hundred and twenty folks have been killed throughout often violent unrest against Maduro’s authorities around a crippling financial disaster and what opponents contact his progressively authoritarian rule.
Colombia is amongst the Latin American nations around the world which have roundly criticized Maduro, whilst also condemning a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that a military intervention was an solution to solve the disaster.
South American trade bloc Mercosur said on Friday they will not recognise any actions taken by the constituent assembly.
Ortega’s main of team did not answer to a ask for for remark.
(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb Enhancing by Sandra Maler)