Caracas, Apr 2: Venezuelan chief justice urged pro-government lawmakers to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity.
The request by Supreme Court Justice Maikel Moreno on Monday takes a further step toward prosecuting Guaido for alleged crimes.
"The court orders to hand a certified copy of this decision to the head of the national Constituent Assembly in order to recall the parliamentary immunity of Juan Gerardo Guaido Marquez," Moreno said.
The court also confirmed the ban for the opposition leader to leave the country without permission and found him guilty of contempt for the government. "The court had previously banned Guaido from traveling abroad without the permission of the court. It is well known that he violated this ban," the court ruling read.
Moreover, the court confirmed its previous decision on blocking of Guaido's bank accounts and other financial tools on the Venezuelan territory. Meanwhile, opposition leader Juan Guaido continued his calls for President Nicolas Maduro to step down and appeared to use the blackouts as political capital, saying years of neglect by the socialist government had left the grid in shambles. UNI