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Trial ordered for Chavez opponent

A Venezuelan court has ordered an opponent of President Hugo Chavez to be tried on charges of hiding explosives in his home.

Alejandro Pena Esclusa called the case a politically motivated vendetta, saying in a statement that he is a "victim of a plot by the Venezuelan government" in response to his vocal criticisms.

The attorney general's office said that a Caracas court ordered the case to go to trial.

Pena was arrested on July 12. Authorities said agents who raided his apartment found about 100 detonators and 2lb of C-4 explosives.

He has called the charges preposterous, saying authorities planted explosives in his eight-year-old daughter's desk drawer.

It is unclear when his trial could begin.

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