Venezuela bans ex-officials from public office for connections with opposition

Xinhua News Agency | Aug 16, 2019 at 3:10 AM

CARACAS, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso on Thursday announced the decision to ban some former officials from public offices for 15 years citing their links with the opposition.

Former attorney general Luisa Ortega Diaz and the opposition leaders Julio Borges, Tomas Guanipa, Antonio Ledezma and German Ferrer were targeted by the ban, said Amoroso.

He explained that several respective audit processes showed that the former attorney general and the opposition leaders concealed and falsified information on their sworn statements on assets.

"They omitted, overestimated or underestimated financial instruments to deceive the Venezuelan people," Amoroso said.

"I urge the Supreme Court of Justice, the Public Ministry and the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace to proceed immediately to prohibit these corrupt people's ability to encumber and alienate," he added.

Amoroso said that his office had carried out a "profound investigation" on the people "appointed" by the opposition leader Juan Guaido, who in January proclaimed himself "interim president" of Venezuela.

He particularly mentioned the people designated by Guaido in a "void way" to be responsible for the posts at some overseas subsidiaries of the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company Petroleos de Venezuela.

"There is a group of people who have been committing acts of usurpation and corruption, and have appropriated companies that belong to the Venezuelan people," Amoroso said.