Ruling party deputy requests home arrest for opposition lawmakers
The head of the Accountability Committee, National Assembly, Pedro Carreño, accused opposition legislators of flagrant crimes against national wealth
After holding a meeting with Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz, Pedro Carreño, the head of the Accountability Committee of the Venezuelan Congress, informed that they requested the investigation pursuant to Article 200 of the Constitution of Venezuela. This article provides that "In the case of a flagrant offense committed by a legislator, the competent authority shall place such legislator under house arrest and immediately notify the Supreme Tribunal of Justice of such event."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.