MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Former Venezuelan Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Diaz was fired on August 5 after criticizing the election to a controversial Constituent Assembly and police brutality during anti-government protests, which have led to over 120 deaths since April. New Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab launched an investigation into her husband, opposition lawmaker German Ferrer over his alleged involvement into extortion practices. On Saturday, Ortega Diaz and Ferrer arrived in Colombia.
In late July, the election of delegates to the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, which would be in charge of rewriting the country's Constitution, took place at the initiative of country’s President Nicolas Maduro. The election was harshly criticized by the opposition and led to mass protests across the country. The turmoil is happening amid the wider unrest in Venezuela against the backdrop of the economic crisis.