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April 11

Attorney General: 21 people involved in April 2002 coup are at large

Luisa Ortega Díaz, Venezuela s Attorney General, said that on April 11, 2002 there was "a coup d état" against a legitimate elected government

EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday April 12, 2012  03:29 PM


Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz said that 16 military and five civilians involved in the coup d'état against President Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002 are at large.

Ortega said that there are warrants against these 21 people and Interpol has circulated an international "red alert notice" for their arrest.

The attorney general added that there are no trials in absentia in Venezuela. Therefore, the legal proceeding against these people has been suspended until they are arrested. She also stated that on April 11, 2002 there was "a coup d'état" against a legitimate elected government.

With regard to coup leader Pedro Carmona Estanga, who led the short-lived de facto regime, Ortega said that the Attorney General Office requested his extradition but it was not possible because Carmona was granted political asylum in Colombia.

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