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Friday, March 3, 2017

Venezuela Ex-Defense Minister to Remain in Custody on Fresh Charges

A court in the Venezuelan capital on Thursday accepted a request from prosecutors to keep a former defense minister and anti-government critic in custody on new charges, a ruling that comes a day before he was to be released from prison. The court accepted the petition from the Attorney General’s Office to hold Raul Isaias Baduel in custody for alleged crimes against national integrity, independence and liberty, according to a notice uploaded to Twitter by his son, Adolfo Baduel. A separate judicial notice, uploaded to Twitter last Friday by Baduel’s attorney, Omar Mora Tosta, indicated that the former defense minister was to be released on March 3. More…

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