CARACAS, Thursday February 07, 2013 | Update

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

Carreño and other deputies appeared at the Office of the Attorney General to file a request for investigation (Photo: Gustavo Bandres)
Thursday February 07, 2013  02:44 PM
No more than 24 hours after the speaker of the Venezuelan Congress, Diosdado Cabello, accused opposition deputies Richard Mardo and Gustavo Marcano of illegally funding Primero Justicia Party, ruling party PSUV' legislators appeared at the Attorney General's Office to request home arrest for the two opposition legislators. 

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
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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