Venezuela: Ex-Prosecutor Says She Has Proof of Corruption Against Maduro

Venezuela’s former top prosecutor says she has proof of corruption against President Nicolas Maduro and other officials of the government. The comments come just hours after it was confirmed by Colombian officials that she had left to Brazil. The visit was reportedly for a meeting with officials.

Ortega left Venezuela last week after she was removed from her position. Ortega and her husband have been accused by the government of extortion. A day before it was confirmed they had left the country, Venezuelan police raided one of her properties and arrested a worker. She is also being accused of ignoring corruption cases while she was the top prosecutor.

Reports said the former top prosecutor left Venezuela by taking a boat to Aruba. She later took a flight to Colombia. On Monday, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said they would grant her asylum if she requested it. But Ortega was spotted by reporters in Panama, where it was confirmed that she was going to Brazil.

Ortega said during a press conference earlier today that Maduro and officials were involved in the Odebrecht scandal. The prosecutor said that she has a lot of proof that involves many Venezuelan government officials. The accusations include Jorge Rodriguez and Diosdado Cabello, two of the most popular members of the PSUV party.

Ortega was removed from her position as top prosecutor earlier this month by the constituent assembly. The accusations made earlier today also include the new prosecutor, who she says has been involved in corruption with PDVSA.

The Odebrecht scandal has spread across Latin America and the investigations continue. The new prosecutor responded to the accusations, saying there is no validity in what she can say after ten years of not taking any action. Ortega served as the top prosecutor for almost ten years and was a supporter of the government. But that changed earlier this year when she began opposing and criticizing some of the plans and decisions by the government.

On Tuesday, Maduro asked the Interpol to arrest Ortega and her husband, who was a member of the assembly. Ortega has said she fears for her life and has accused the government of systematic persecution because of the proof she has. A few days ago, Venezuelan authorities entered her property and confiscated a number of items, including a computer. It is not yet known where Ortega will seek asylum after her visit to Brazil.