Updated Jan 29, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Venezuelan Supreme Court bars U.S.-backed Guaidó from leaving country

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Opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images

Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday prohibiting National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó from leaving the country, just hours after Attorney General Tarek William Saab requested that the court restrict Guaidó's travel and freeze his financial accounts, the AP reports.

Details: The chief prosecutor announced a criminal probe into Guaidó has been launched, but did not explain what for crimes the opposition leader — who has been recognized by the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries as Venezuela's interim president — is being investigated. U.S. national security adviser John Bolton denounced Saab's threats and vowed that "there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido."

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