A public hearing for Luisa Ortega Díaz has been set for Tuesday morning.
Wednesday’s decision by the court — stocked with appointees of embattled President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez — came at the request of National Assembly lawmaker Pedro Carreño. Ortega, a Chavez protege, has distanced herself from the current government.
At a news conference hours earlier, Luisa Ortega said her country is facing “state terrorism” and promised to “defend the constitution and democracy even with my life, I swear.”
“What I think is that we have a state terrorism, where the right to protest is lost, where demonstrations are cruelly repressed, where civilians are tried in military justice,” Ortega said, calling for restored constitutional order. …