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    At least three mothers reported to the Ombudsman's Office that their children were asked to participate in the demonstrations. | Photo: Reuters

Investigations will be opened into the use of minors in violent opposition protests, hate crimes and environmental damage.

Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab has announced that new investigations will be opened on cases of violence during protests organized by the right-wing opposition.

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During a press conference, Saab reported that a lawsuit against environmental crimes will be also opened, since former prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, an opposition supporter, did not start them.

He emphasized that during the 2014 protests which claimed at least 43 lives, seven procedures were opened regarding the destruction of trees. Ortega, however, “did not give importance” to these acts, according to Saab. 

The newly-appointed prosecutor said that he will also launch inquiries into the use of minors in violent opposition protests. He mentioned that at least three mothers reported to the Ombudsman's Office that their children were asked to participate in the demonstrations.

Moreover, Saab announced the creation of a commission to restructure the country’s Prosecutor's Office, with which they will evaluate 250 management positions. He added that the Public Ministry will combat bureaucratic practices and the use of bribes.

He stressed that the Prosecutor’s Office will accelerate actions aimed at reversing procedural delays, which obstruct due process for the application of justice.


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