Venezuela arrests Caracas mayor over alleged coup plot

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Venezuela has arrested Antonio Ledezma, an opposition politician and metropolitan mayor of Caracas, in a move the government said was needed to halt a US-backed coup plot.

Men in camouflage uniforms forcibly entered the office of Ledezma, 59, in the Venezuelan capital on Thursday and carried him away.

An aide said some of the officers wore the uniform of the national intelligence service police.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that Ledezma would be punished for all his efforts to disturb the peace.

In a speech on Thursday night, Maduro said Ledezma had been “captured” and would face justice.