Opposition politician Juan Guaido, who declared himself president of Venezuela with US backing, is facing up to 30 years in prison, a judge said. Meanwhile, US is threatening new sanctions against Caracas to compel regime change.
Guaido’s visit to Colombia on February 22 violated the travel ban imposed by Venezuela’s supreme court, deputy judge of the Supreme Tribunal for Justice Juan Carlos Valdez told Sputnik on Tuesday.
“He is a person hiding from justice. What happens with runaways who are re-entering the country and are found by the authorities? They must be caught and sent to prison,” Valdez said, adding, “He may face up to 30 years in jail.”
State prosecutors are currently analyzing Guaido’s conduct for possible crimes, the judge added.
Guaido crossed into Colombia on Friday, ostensibly to lead a “human wave” of supporters across the border and force the military and border guards loyal to the government to allow in “humanitarian aid” provided by the US. He was nowhere to be seen, however, as his followers clashed with security forces. The aid was not allowed in.
The self-proclaimed president then went to Bogota, where he attended Monday’s meeting of the Lima Group of countries backing the US attempt to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resign.