Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday expelled the European Union (EU) ambassador to the country, Portugal’s Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, hours after the EU sanctioned 11 officials from Caracas.” Who are they to sanction, to try to impose themselves with the threat? Who are they? Just! That is why I decided to give the EU ambassador in Caracas 72 hours to leave our country and demand respect from the EU,” Nicolás Maduro said during a televised address. The EU today sanctioned 11 officials from the government of President Nicolás Maduro and several Venezuelan public authorities.
The sanctioned are accused of “acting against the democratic functioning of the National Assembly (parliament) and violating the parliamentary immunity” of deputies, including the opposition leader and president of that body, Juan Guaidó.
Representatives Luís Parra, Franklyn Duarte and José Gregório Noriega were sanctioned.
Also on the list are prosecutors Farik Mora and Dinorah Bustamante, the director of the National Telecommunications Commission, Jorge Márquez, the Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice Juan José Mendoza, the auditor of public expenditures Elvis Amoro, the members of the Constituent Assembly (mostly composed of supporters of the regime) Tania Díaz and Cladys Requena, and the Secretary General of the Defense Council of the Nation , José Adelino Ornelas Ferreira.
Those sanctioned are prohibited from entering Europe and their assets are frozen.