Chavez critic jailed for corruption

Raul Baduel, ex-defence minister, dismissed the charges as politically motivated reprisal.

    Baduel fell out with Chavez in 2007 after he opposed a controversial package of constitution changes [EPA]

    Baduel has insisted he is innocent and dismissed the accusation as a politically motivated reprisal for his opposition to Chavez.

    Baduel retired in July 2007 after Chavez removed him from the defence minister post, and he quickly emerged as a prominent critic of the president.

    He publicly opposed a package of constitutional revisions proposed by Chavez that would have enshrined socialist ideals in the constitution but were rejected by voters in 2007.

    Chavez has denied going after opponents through the legal system, saying Baduel and other government critics are criminals who must face justice.

    SOURCE: Associated Press


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.