Venezuela assembly votes to remove immunity of two lawmakers accused in attempted assassination

Venezuela assembly votes to remove immunity of two lawmakers accused in attempted assassination

Venezuela’s pro-government National Constituent Assembly [Venezuela Analysis backgrounder] voted unanimously to strip two members of the opposition-controlled legislature of their immunity accusing them of playing a role in the attempted assassination [NYT report] of President Nicolás Maduro.

The move comes after the Venezuela Supreme Court ordered [Time report] the arrest of the two lawmakers, Julio Borges and Juan Reuesens, on Wednesday. The Supreme Court accused Borges, who is currently living in exile in Colombia, of public incitement, treason and the attempted homicide of Maduro. The removal of the pair’s immunity was met with claims from anti-Maduro lawmakers that the move is unconstitutional.

Requesens has already been apprehended. He was taken into custody by government authorities while in the National Constituent Assembly building. Justice First [official Twitter page], Requesens’ party, posted a video, which they claim shows his arrest.

Maduro stated that numerous statements made by the six individuals already arrested in connection to the alleged assassination attempt implicated the pair.

In public statements made in Colombia, Borges has denied the allegations and called for the imprisonment of Maduro for violations of human rights and what Borges termed the “destruction” of Venezuelan democracy.

It is unclear if any extradition request has been made by the Venezuelan government.