Venezuela: Ex-Supreme Court judge flees to US, denounces Maduro

By SnrMgr at 2019-01-08 • 0 collector • 188 pageviews

Zerpa once backed Maduro, facilitating the dissolution of Venezuela's opposition-run National Assembly [File: Miraflores Palace Handout via Reuters]

A former Venezuelan Supreme Court judge fled his country to the United States to protest President Nicolas Maduro's second term. 

A one-time Maduro backer, Justice Christian Zerpa told a Miami broadcaster on Sunday that Maduro does not "deserve" to serve a second six-year term after winning in unfair elections. Maduro's inauguration is scheduled for Thursday.

"I've decided to leave Venezuela to disavow the government of Nicolas Maduro," Zerpa said in an interview with EVTV.

"I believe President Nicolas Maduro does not deserve a second chance because the election he supposedly won was not free and competitive," he said.

Venezuela's Supreme Court confirmed in a statement posted on social media that Zerpa had fled, referring to him as a former magistrate and saying he was under investigation over accusations of sexual harassment by women in his office.

The defection comes amid growing international pressure on Maduro over his new term, which he won in a widely boycotted 2018 election. The election was dismissed by many countries as a sham. 

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