Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor accused of corruption

Venezuela’s new chief prosecutor, President Nicolas Maduro’s former human rights ombudsman Tarek Saab, has outlined corruption accusations against his predecessor Luisa Ortega Diaz her husband.

The pair and other members of Ortega’s former staff of lawyers are accused of running a so-called “extortion gang” and funnelling funds to an offshore bank account in the Bahamas.

Ortega said on Twitter that the Venezuelan intelligence service had raided her house “as part of the government’s revenge for her fight against totalitarianism”.

She wrote: “Maduro’s government is trying to put an end to our struggle for democracy and freedom.”

18 August 2017

Anti-Corruption Digest

Disclaimer: All views, opinions and accounts included in the RAI News Section are those of the authors; their inclusion does not imply official endorsement or acceptance by RAI. The News Section reflects the selection of topics of informative value to the organization and its stakeholders. Its content is taken from press/media sources and does not in any way reflect official RAI Secretariat policy. RAI Secretariat is not responsible for possible inaccuracies in media reports.