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Ramos Allup Security Chief Arrested for Allegedly Financing Anti-Police Violence

Angel Coromoto Rodriguez standing guard behind ex-president Carlos Andres Perez. (Ciudad CCS archive)

A life long bodyguard to ex-president Carlos Andres Perez, Rodriguez has been accused of serving as a torturer for Venezuela's infamous political police. 

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Seven Arrested for Attacking Police in Violent Opposition Protests

Demonstrators attack police near Avenida Libertador. (teleSUR)

An opposition march turned violent Wednesday, as demonstrators attacked police with sticks and rocks and attempted to burn down a leftwing student residence in downtown Caracas.

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Mega-Raid Kills Nine in Caracas as Maduro Pledges War on Gangs

An OLP official during an operation in Aragua (Ultimas Noticias).

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a new phase in the government’s controversial “Liberate the People” security operation this Tuesday, pledging to rid the country of gang related violent crime. 

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Infamous Paramilitary Leader Gunned down by Venezuelan Army

“El Picure”. (Ultimas Noticias)

One of Venezuela's top most wanted, “El Picure” was killed by National Guard troops on Tuesday, according to reports.

 
 

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Venezuelan Banker Given Asylum by US Found in Panama Papers

Eligio Cedeño, the banker whose named appeared in the Panama Papers, pictured here in a photo from El Impulso. (EFE)

Eligio Cedeño, a banker given asylum by the U.S. after he fled Venezuela in 2009 due to charges of financial corruption, has shown up in the Panama Papers.

 

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Venezuela Indicts High Level Electricity Official for Cocaine Trafficking

Venezuelan authorities arrested Nava on March 1 and  impounded over 335 kilos of cocaine. (archive)

In an effort to crack down on corruption, the Public Prosecutor's office indicts a former CORPOELEC high level official. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court: Amendment Shortening Presidential Term Not Retroactive

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that an opposition-proposed constitutional amendment reducing the presidential term from six to four years will not apply to the current president, Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela Arrests 2 Over Panama Papers Scandal

 The Panama Papers are a trove of leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, detailing how the firm aided the wo

Venezuelan prosecutors have announced the arrest of two relatives of a former security official named in the Panama Papers.

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Venezuelan Parliament Goes on Offensive to Oust Maduro

Venezuela's opposition controlled National Assembly (AVN)

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled legislature passed a constitutional amendment in first discussion this Wednesday. If approved by popular referendum, the reform will cut short the terms of mayors, governors, and even the current president, triggering presidential elections later this year.

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Venezuela's Supreme Court Strikes Down Amnesty Law as Maduro Convenes Truth Commission

An anti-government protester during the 2014 protests in Venezuela. (EFE)

The Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) unanimously ruled on Monday that a controversial amnesty law passed by the country's opposition-controlled parliament is unconstitutional. 

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Venezuela's Maduro Urges Supreme Court Overturn Amnesty Law

While the amnesty law has emerged as a priority for MUD legislators, the legislation has been fiercely opposed by Maduro and his

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on his country's highest court Thursday to strike down a controversial amnesty law already approved by legislators.

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Parliament Approves Contentious Amnesty Law, Potential Reforms to Supreme Court

Convicts jailed for carrying out the 2014 violent barricades will benefit from the law. (archives)

Opposition lawmakers approved legislation that could set free scores of violent anti-government hardliners over the coming months, despite substantial opposition. 

 

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Two Venezuelan Police Killed in Tachira Protest, Suspects Charged

Nicolle Melisa Pérez Soler (left) and Armando Otos Marqués Molina (right). (Courtesy)

Two Venezuelan police personnel were killed this Tuesday after a protest in a Tachira university turned deadly. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with the murders.

 

 

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Venezuela to Investigate Alleged Massacre of 28 Miners in Bolivar State

Tumeremo residents and family members of the disappeared miners blockade the principal road, demanding that the authorities reco

Venezuela’s public prosecutor and ombudsman’s office opened investigations Monday into the disappearance of 28 miners in southeastern Bolivar state following allegations by local residents of a possible massacre.

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Venezuelan Parliament Defies Supreme Court, Petitions OAS to Intervene

National Assembly President Ramos Allup described the Supreme Court’s Sentence “invalid, non-existent and non-binding”. Hi

Legislators from the majority right-wing MUD bloc in parliament have officially petitioned the Organization of American States to intervene in Venezuelan politics, after the Supreme Court blocked their attempts to remove thirteen judges.  

 

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