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Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor arrives in Colombia

Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor has fled to Colombia with her husband a day after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest.

Colombian migration authorities confirmed on Friday evening that Luisa Ortega Diaz and German Ferrer landed in Bogota aboard a private plane from Aruba.

The couple have long been aligned with Venezuela's socialist government but recently broke with President Nicolas Maduro and have become two of his most outspoken critics.

The Supreme Court ordered Mr Ferrer's arrest on Thursday, accusing him of being part of a £4.6 million extortion ring.

He denied the accusations and many believe they are politically motivated.

In June, the Supreme Court barred Ms Ortega Diaz from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen as part of its investigation into a complaint filed by a pro-government MP that accused her of acting as an opposition leader and requested a probe into her "mental insanity".

Univision reported on Friday that the couple fled in a speed boat to Aruba, which lies a short distance to the northern coast of Venezuela.

The authorities have not yet confirmed how she arrived at the Caribbean island.

No immediate details were provided on whether the couple are seeking asylum in Colombia, with officials only confirming that Ms Ortega Diaz had completed the "corresponding migration process".

The couple's whereabouts had been unknown for several days, but earlier on Friday Ms Ortega Diaz surfaced online, addressing a gathering of Latin America's prosecutors in Pueblo, Mexico.

She told the region's prosecutors that Mr Maduro removed her in order to stop a probe linking him and his inner circle to nearly £77 million million in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Odebrecht officials have admitted to paying around £77 million in bribes to Venezuelan officials in exchange for contacts.



From Belfast Telegraph