EU wants probe into Maduro's assassination attempt

Photo: EPA High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The EU on Thursday has called for a "comprehensive and transparent investigation" into a drone "assassination" attemyp on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. A spokesperson for the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini stressed in a statement the bloc reject “any form of violence" and expects that a probe of drone attack is conducted to establish the facts.

“In this regard, the EU expects the recognition of the National Assembly’s constitutional powers, including the full respect of its prerogatives concerning the parliamentary immunity of its members, in line with established constitutional rights, legislation and procedures,” Mogherini added.

"The EU reiterates its support for a negotiated, democratic and peaceful solution for the multiple crises affecting the country as the only way forward," the EU statement added. "This needs to encompass a return to constitutional normality restoring democratic process and the rule of law, respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, release of all political prisoners, and addressing the pressing humanitarian needs of the population."

The thwarted attack took place as Maduro was speaking at a commemoration of the 81st anniversary of the Venezuelan national guard that featured a military parade. According to the government assailants flew intentionally two DJI M600 drones each packed with 1kg of C-4 plastic explosive toward him Seven members of the national guard were hurt.

Maduro has used the so-called attack against him to tighten even more his grip on Venezuela and accused the opposition and Colombia numerous times of being behind the crime. A super-legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro even revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding the drone assassination attempt. Furthermore, Maduro has singled out two lawmakers: Julio Borges, former speaker of the opposition-dominated legislature who now lives in exile; and Juan Requesens.

Similar articles

  • EU signs trade agreement with Singapore

    EU signs trade agreement with Singapore

    The EU was to sign a trade agreement with Singapore on Friday during the two-day EU-Asia meeting in order to further signal the EU's push for open market accords with Asian countries. The meeting brings together leaders from the EU, Switzerland and Norway and 21 Asian counterparts

    8
  • EU members blame Russia for cyber-attacks

    EU members blame Russia for cyber-attacks

    The Dutch government on Thursday accused Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, of targeting the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), through a foiled cyber operation. Hours earlier, Britain, backed by Australia and New Zealand, blamed the GRU for some of the biggest cyber-attacks of recent years.

    22
  • Frontex to deploy units on Serbia's borders

    Frontex to deploy units on Serbia's borders

    The EU and Serbia initialled on 20 September a status agreement that will allow European Border and Coast Guard teams to be deployed in the Balkan country, the European Commission press service reported. According to the agreement, signed in Belgrade by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Nebojsa Stefanovic, Deputy PM and Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Frontex will be able to assist the country in border management and carry out joint operations, in particular in the event of a sudden change in migratory flows.

    14