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Venezuela Parliament Strips Immunity from Lawmakers Over Drone Attack

© AP PhotoA demonstrator holds up a miniature copy of Venezuela's constitution in front of the nation's flag at a government rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 13, 2004.
A demonstrator holds up a miniature copy of Venezuela's constitution in front of the nation's flag at a government rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 13, 2004. - Sputnik International
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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Venezuela’s constituent assembly on Wednesday stripped parliamentary immunity from Julio Borges and Juan Requesens accused of ties to an apparent drone attack on President Nicolas Maduro.

The pro-government legislature voted unanimously for the move, the local AVN news agency said. Borges responded by calling the decision a "farce" and accused authorities of kidnapping Requesens.

Personal de seguridad rodea al presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, durante un incidente mientras daba un discurso en Caracas - Sputnik International
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The vote followed a ruling by the Supreme Court to detained both lawmakers. Requesens was arrested before his immunity was lifted, while Borges fled to neighboring Colombia.

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Maduro initially blamed Colombia for organizing an assassination attempt on him during a public speech last week when two explosives-laden drones went off next to his stand. Several people were injured but the president escaped unhurt.

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