Venezuela ready to arrest Venezuelan president

Written by by Alex Deane, CNN The International Criminal Court is looking into possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela after claiming the country is lawless. Last week, the ICC said it would review evidence…

Venezuela ready to arrest Venezuelan president

Written by by Alex Deane, CNN

The International Criminal Court is looking into possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela after claiming the country is lawless.

Last week, the ICC said it would review evidence of “violations of the rights of Venezuelans in an organized fashion” after receiving evidence from a representative of the National Assembly, which the National Constituent Assembly, which is led by a socialist elected president, Nicolas Maduro, has declared itself the sole legal authority in the country.

The ICC can open a full-blown investigation into charges of crimes against humanity if it determines that a state is responsible for, or has the intent to commit, such acts. The possible crimes include murder, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, deportation, persecution and other inhuman acts.

The statement comes after the body of imprisoned National Assembly leader, Juan Guaido, was returned on March 30 from Colombia. While Guaido has been recognized as interim President by more than 50 countries, including the US, Russia and the European Union, Maduro has ignored the international presence and many in the neighboring country have aligned themselves with the government.

Maduro and his supporters have blamed the high crime rate in the country on the opposition for fostering “a climate of fear” through violent actions.

Critics of Maduro cite that criminal investigation to the ICC.

“They have been preparing a commission that is supposed to collect incriminating evidence…to be used against Guaido and others in the National Assembly. And they even say it is independent,” Henrique Capriles, the head of Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, explained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

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