Venezuela accuses detained activist of links to conspiracy plot

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  • Monday, 12 Feb 2024

FILE PHOTO: Aircraft are seen at a runway on the Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photo

CARACAS (Reuters) -Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek Saab said on Sunday that lawyer and human rights activist Rocio San Miguel has been arrested for her alleged involvement "in the conspiracy plot and attempted assassination" of President Nicolás Maduro.

San Miguel, an expert in issues of security, defense and human rights, is president of the non-governmental organization Control Ciudadano, which advocates for citizen oversight of Venezuela's armed forces.

She was detained at the international airport on the outskirts of Caracas, according to Amnesty International.

Saab wrote on X that San Miguel's detention was "based on an arrest warrant against her for allegedly being linked and referenced in the conspiracy plot and attempted assassination (...) aimed at attacking the life of Head of State Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials."

Reuters could not immediately reach her lawyers for comment.

Amnesty International and other human rights groups have denounced the arrest.

Amnesty wrote on X that it "calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Rocio San Miguel."

(Reporting by Vivian Sequera and Mayela Armas in Caracas; Editing by Josie Kao and Diane Craft)

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