CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says she’s asking a court to freeze the assets of the editor of one of the country’s two major opposition newspapers.
Luisa Ortega Diaz targeted the editor of El Nacional, Miguel Henrique Otero, who is also its majority shareholder.
Ortega’s office says it’s related to an illegal-enrichment investigation against a former Caracas mayor. The mayor had sued Otero, alleging he owes him $3.5 million. Ortega says she doesn’t know where the ex-mayor got the money or what the loan was for.
Otero published a statement Sunday on the newspaper’s website saying he has not yet been officially informed of the action and calling it “an outrage to limit freedom of expression.”
Venezuela’s last remaining opposition TV station, Globovision, was recently bought by businessmen friendly with the government.