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Venezuela’s Attorney General Requests Arrest and Extradition Warrant for Opponents Leopoldo López and Julio Borges

Venezuelan Attorney General requests arrest and extradition of opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Julio Borges

In a recent development, Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab has requested an arrest and extradition warrant against prominent opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Julio Borges. The request is based on allegations that the two exiles received benefits of more than $1 billion.

During a press conference, Saab presented a video showing jailed businessman Samark López, who is accused of collaborating with the former president of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Tareck El Aissami, in a corruption network known as PDVSA crypto . In the video, Samark López named two Venezuelan contractors allegedly linked to López and Borges.

CNN has reached out to verify the authenticity of the video and has contacted the Attorney General’s Office for further details. The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office is known to present video testimonies in cases of high political sensitivity.

The arrest of Samark López, together with Tareck El Aissami and Simón Zerpa, was reported by the Public Prosecutor’s Office on April 12. Leopoldo López, co-founder of the Primero Justicia party, was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. prison on charges including public intimidation and criminal association. He later served the remainder of his sentence under house arrest and eventually took refuge in the Spanish embassy in Caracas before moving to Madrid in 2020.

Julio Borges, former coordinator of the Primero Justicia party, has also faced legal trouble in Venezuela, with arrest warrants issued for alleged treason, conspiracy and association. He currently resides in Spain after being granted political asylum by Colombia in 2018.

CNN is actively seeking comment from the legal representatives of Leopoldo López and Julio Borges on these latest allegations. The situation continues to unfold as the Venezuelan government intensifies its crackdown on opposition figures.