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.

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