Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

The highs and lows of Cannes for the critics

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Remembering our friend and colleague Jean Karim Fall

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

Americas

Prosecutor seeks opposition leader's arrest

Latest update : 2009-03-20

The Venezuelan government has called for the arrest of key opposition leader Manuel Rosales on corruption charges. Rosales, who is the mayor of Venezuela's second largest city of Maracaibo, ran against President Hugo Chavez in the 2006 polls.

AFP - A Venezuelan prosecutor on Thursday sought to arrest one of the country's top opposition leaders on corruption charges that could engender a jail term of three to 10 years.
  
Manuel Rosales is a former presidential candidate who ran against President Hugo Chavez in 2006. He is currently mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela's second largest city.
  
The charges date to his 2002-2004 tenure as Zulia state governor, said prosecutor Katiuska Plaza.
  
A tribunal would rule on issuing an arrest warrant in 10-20 days, Plaza said.
  
Rosales maintained his innocence and said the accusations were politically motivated.
  
"They want to shut me up and wipe me out of politics but I will be a match for them," Rosales told journalists. "We'll face up to Chavez."
  
The head of the Un Nuevo Tiempo (New Times) main opposition party was already accused of graft last December.
  
In October, Chavez threatened to arrest Rosales ahead of elections in which the opposition won control of several key cities and states.
  
Chavez won a referendum in February that allows him to run for unlimited reelection.

Date created : 2009-03-20

COMMENT(S)