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Venezuela Authorizes Arrest of Opposition Leader Accused of Attack on Maduro

© AP Photo / XinhuaPersonal de seguridad rodea al presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, durante un incidente mientras daba un discurso en Caracas
Personal de seguridad rodea al presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, durante un incidente mientras daba un discurso en Caracas - Sputnik International
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The Venezuelan Supreme Court greenlighted on Wednesday the detention of opposition leader Julio Borges who had been accused of an assassination attempt against the country's President Nicolas Maduro.

On August 4, a military parade in Caracas attended by Maduro was interrupted by what the authorities said was an attempt on the life of the president. Venezuela’s Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez has said several drones detonated close to where the president was giving a speech. The president was unharmed, but seven soldiers sustained injuries.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) and his wife Cilia Flores arrive for a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018 day in which Venezuela's controversial Constituent Assembly marks its first anniversary. The Constituent Assembly marks its first anniversary on August 4 as the embodiment of Maduro's entrenchment in power despite an economic crisis that has crippled the country's public services and destroyed its currency. The assembly's very creation last year was largely responsible for four months of street protests that left some 125 people dead. - Sputnik International
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"The Supreme Court rules to… immediately detain National Assembly member Julio Borges," the statement read.

Earlier, Nicolas Maduro accused Julio Borges of being linked to an alleged attempt to assassinate him, saying that "some evidence" points at the opposition leader. Maduro also said that he would ask extradition of all those linked to the attack residing abroad.

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Meanwhile, Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly head Diosdado Cabello said that the assembly plans to consider the question of lifting of parliamentary immunity for opposition lawmakers who could be linked to the assassination attempt.

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