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Venezuelan Attorney-General Ortega Diaz faces court (on the wrong side)

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Venezuelan Attorney-General Ortega Diaz faces court (on the wrong side)

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz faces the country’s top court today, which will determine whether to proceed with a formal trial on charges of malpractice and misuse of power.

Ortega, a longtime socialist, angered President Nicholas Maduro after criticising a high court decision to invalidate the opposition-led legislature. After widespread international condemnation, the ruling was reversed shortly after, reportedly under pressure from Ms Ortega.

Despite a travel ban and asset freeze, the attorney general has continued to criticise Mr Maduro for suppressing peaceful protests and “destroying President Chavez’s legacy”, drawing the ire of the embattled president.

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Ultimately, the Maduro-leaning Supreme Court could indict Ortega. But under mounting domestic and international pressure, the president must be careful—striking down a long-time and well-known socialist could have dangerous reverberations within his own camp.

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