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Venezuelan President asks criminal investigation against opposition leader

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (L), US President Donald Trump (C), Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (R)

Jesus Silva 
Press TV, Caracas 

This week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asked the Public Ministry to launch a criminal investigation against U.S-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido and his associates for possible felonies against the interests of the South American Nation. 

Maduro requested this legal procedure after official reports indicated that representatives of Guaido's camp have been proposing surrendering the Esequibo territory to the neighboring Republic of Guyana. This is, however, based on a 1966 agreement, Venezuela claims Esequibo which is managed by Guyana. 

Some experts say that Guaido wants to cement ties with the administration of Guyana's President, David Granger, who is regarded as a US backed leader, while others say Guaido's move might bring negative results for the Venezuelan security. 

Despite opposition figures dismissing the government's accusations, the Attorney General's office has initiated an investigation to determine Guaido's possible participation in the alleged negotiations. 

Meanwhile, the opposition claims the investigation is politically motivated.

Some experts believe that stirring the Esequibo dispute may bring consequences.

Venezuela has had a long dispute with Guyana over Esequibo territory. Experts say opposition leader, Juan Guaido, may finally end up in jail if found to be negotiating the oil-rich land with another country.

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