MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Prensa Latina, Saab told a press conference that the Attorney General's Office will open a probe into cases of murders and injuries during road blockages, environmental damage and hate crimes based on political views.
Saab also said that he had established a working group for the reorganization of the Attorney General's Office, appointing new superior attorneys Venezuela's states of Anzoategui, Carabobo, Miranda and Yaracuy.
He added that the investigation would also focus on the illegal involvement of minors in the protests, stressing that the reluctance of the Attorney General's Office to investigate the cases earlier was a "shame," as it was strongly criticized by the UNICEF.
Venezuela has been facing mass protests since spring. In May, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his decision to convene the National Constituent Assembly, a move that was regarded by the opposition as an attempted coup, and only resulted in the further escalation of tensions. On July 30, Venezuela held an election of members to the Constituent Assembly, a new legislative body with the power to amend the Constitution. The election took place against the backdrop of mass protests across the country, which resulted in 10 deaths on election day and over 120 deaths since early April.