Three judges of the Supreme court of Venezuela has sought asylum in the Embassy of Chile

© AFP 2017 / Federico Raghuvanshi of the National guard of Venezuela at the Supreme court building in Caracas. Archival photoThree judges of the Supreme court of Venezuela has sought asylum in the Embassy of Chile© 2017 AFP / Federico Parra

Two more judges of the Supreme court of Venezuela, appointed an opposition-dominated Parliament, sought refuge in the Embassy of Chile in Caracas, said on Tuesday the head of the Chilean foreign Minister Heraldo muñoz.

Earlier, the Embassy had taken refuge judge Elenis del Valle Rodriguez.

«This evening (Tuesday) two more guest came to the residence of Chile in Caracas in search of protection – Beatrice Ruiz and josé Fernando núñez. They ask for asylum,» wrote muñoz in his microblog on Twitter.

In July, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promised to jail all the judges of the Supreme court given earlier sworn in the National Assembly. At the same time employees of the SEBIN (the Bolivarian intelligence service — ed.) was arrested the lawyer angel Sarpa, then two more members of the armed forces. Only the Parliament has appointed 13 judges and 20 alternates. The Supreme court even before these assignments are deprived of their legitimacy. Also, the Venezuelan government has started to block accounts of Supreme court judges appointed by the Parliament.

The conflict between Parliament and the Supreme court began after the transfer of justice powers to the opposition of the Assembly, which had been partially deprived of their functions for disrespecting other branches of government. The decision was reversed, but opposition supporters took to the streets demanding the resignation of the members of the court, and hold early elections, and Maduro initiated against the constituent Assembly, considering it an attempt to change the Constitution. According to the latest data, the death toll in protests in the country has exceeded 120 people.

The highest court of Venezuela in their actions in recent months, almost entirely sided with Maduro in his conflict with the National Assembly, endorsing all his decisions and annul the decision of the Parliament.

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