Venezuela prosecutor hit with asset freeze, travel ban

Caracas

Venezuela’s Supreme Court slapped an asset freeze and travel ban Wednesday on Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a top critic of President Nicolas Maduro, after she accused him of creating a climate of terror.
Ortega has emerged as the most critical voice within the Venezuelan government as the authorities have cracked down on anti-Maduro protests, leaving a death toll of 77 people in just under three months.
The court, which is closely aligned with the embattled president, set a hearing for July 4 to decide whether Ortega should face trial for alleged professional malpractice—charges she has branded a political witch-hunt.
Until her fate is decided, the court ordered her bank accounts and assets frozen, and banned her from leaving the country.—AFP

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