Venezuela AG says Chavez opponent violated asylum

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2009 12:03 AM

Venezuela's attorney general contends exiled opposition leader Manuel Rosales has violated his asylum in Peru by speaking out in Washington about Venezuelan issues.

Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz said Peru should revoke asylum because Rosales criticized the situation in Venezuela during a news conference in Washington last week.

Ortega Diaz told state television in an interview Monday that Venezuelan prosecutors are doing everything possible to try to bring Rosales back to face charges.

Rosales, a former presidential candidate, received Peruvian asylum in April after being accused of illegal enrichment while he was a Venezuelan state governor. He argues the accusations are politically motivated.