Attorney General Tarek William Saab has announced that the Public Ministry has opened an investigation into Juan Guaido for treason, alleging that the opposition leader has participated in talks with unspecified entities regarding the status of the Essequibo region.
We’ve started an investigation [into Guaido because he participated] in an illegal negotiation behind the country’s back with the goal of bringing an end (…) to the historic claim that our country has on the Essequibo region.
The Essequibo is a region on the border between between Guyana and Venezuela. The region is administered by Guyana, but Venezuela has had a claim on the territory dating back to colonial times, since before it was even a country.
Saab suggested that Guaido participated in the talks with officials from the United Kingdom, allegedly with the goal of exchanging dropping the territorial claim for their support.
Guaido called Saab’s claims “invention and parody”, and said that they were part of a strategy to distract Venezuelans. Guaido also stressed his support for the country’s claim on the Essequibo, saying:
The Essequibo is ours. It belongs to Venezuela.
Police Raid Home of Prominent Human Rights Lawyer
Officers with the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC, Scientific, Penal, and Criminal Investigation Service Corps) have raided the home of Tamara Suju, a prominent human rights lawyer. The raid took place this afternoon.
Suju announced the raid in a Twitter thread in which she said the following:
The CICPC is raiding my apartment right now, which is located in the Colinas Quinta [in] Altamira del Marquez [in Caracas] and that of my brothers, which is located in Colinas de Bello Monte [in Caracas]. What are they looking for? It must be paintings and dishes, because there’s nothing else in there.
Suju has not lived in Venezuela for the past five years. She called the raid on her home and that of her brothers “arbitrary”.
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