CARACAS, Wednesday February 06, 2013 | Update

Opposition deputy: A former dissenter sought to buy me off

Deputy for opposition Primero Justicia party Richard Mardo said each of the contributions he received from private companies were used to help the poor. "The time has come to tell corrupt who is corrupt," Mardo claimed, in response to Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello "

Deputy Richard Mardo: "Diosdado Cabello has never given an explanation to the country" (Photo: TV screen capture)
Wednesday February 06, 2013  02:48 PM
After Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello accused opposition Primero Justicia party of corruption, opposition deputies Richard Mardo and Gustavo Marcano gave a press conference to explain how the donations the party received were spent.

Mardo said the accusations made on Tuesday at the National Assembly against his party are "one of the most horrific chapters (...) because the leading character, who led the debate, has never given an explanation to the country." Reference was made to Cabello.

Mardo claimed that former opposition deputy William Ojeda, who is now a government supporter, following instructions of Cabello, tried to buy him off in order to harm opposition leaders Julio Borges and Henrique Capriles.

"They could not buy me; they could not break my legs. I stood firm because I have a clear conscience," he said.

He said all the contributions they received from private companies were used to help the poor.
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