Buenos Aires, Jan 30 : The Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice has banned opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself the country's interim president, from leaving the country and blocked his bank accounts until the completion of the investigation, court President Maikel Moreno said.
"The supreme court in its decision from January 29 ruled to take the following precautionary measures against Juan Gerardo Guaido Marquez: prohibition of leaving the country without an authorization until the investigation is completed; prohibition of alienation and pledge of property; blocking of bank accounts and/or any other financial instrument on the Venezuelan territory," Moreno said on Twitter.
Earlier this week, Venezuela's Prosecutor General Tarek Saab asked the Supreme Tribunal of Justice to introduce these preventive measures against the head of the National Assembly, Guaido. The request was made after White House National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the United States was imposing sanctions on Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said PDVSA could be relieved from US sanctions if it commits to the expeditious transfer of control to Guaido.
Bolton, in particular, said that Washington would block $7 billion in PDVSA's assets in the United States, while another $11 billion would be losses in terms of oil deliveries.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused the United States of an attempt to "steal" Citgo, the US-based subsidiary of PDVSA, and called the new US sanctions against PDVSA illegal. According to the president, Caracas will take measures to protect its property, including by filing lawsuits with US courts. (UNI-SPUTNIK)