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Venezuelan president says arrest of Juan Guaidó will come

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 3:54 PM
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds up a copy of his country's case taken to the International Criminal Court regarding US sanctions during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, February 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Friday that authorities haven’t detained opposition leader Juan Guaidó because the courts haven’t ordered it, but he warned: “It will come.”

Maduro made the remark in a meeting with the international press three days after Guaidó returned from a tour to the US and Europe, in defiance of a court order prohibiting him from leaving the country.

Despite the order, migration officials let Guaidó into the country after he arrived on a commercial flight at Venezuela’s main international airport.

Maduro said that the day Venezuela’s justice system decides Guaidó should be imprisoned “for all the crimes he’s committed,” he will be jailed.

Venezuela’s judicial system is stacked with pro-Maduro officials who routinely issue decrees in accordance with the president’s viewpoints.

“That day hasn’t come yet,” he said in response to a question from The Associated Press. “But it will come.”

The warning comes as Guaidó tries to revive momentum in Venezuela for his flagging opposition movement.

Though US President Donald Trump and leaders from nearly 60 other nations have expressed their continuing support, many inside Venezuela have grown wary of the opposition as Maduro remains in the presidency and consolidates his power.

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