Venezuela's assembly votes to prosecute 'traitors'

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Venezuela's all-powerful constitutional assembly has passed a decree ordering authorities to investigate and try those believed responsible for supporting new US economic sanctions. The decree passed on Tuesday declares all those who promoted the latest US response to Venezuela's political conflict as "traitors of the Patria".

The move comes days after Venezuela's president vowed to prosecute for treason opponents he accused of being behind the financial sanctions.

"We accept the call of President Nicolas Maduro to initiate, together with the competent state authorities, a historical judgment of treason against those engaged in the promotion of these immoral actions against the interests of the Venezuelan people," said Diosdado Cabello, a senior member of the body. The sanctions announced last week prohibit American financial institutions from providing new money to the government or the state oil company, PDVSA.

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