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Venezuelan opposition leader vows to appear in court

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Caracas: Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said she won`t flee the country after receiving a court subpoena over her alleged role in plotting an attempted coup against President Nicolas Maduro.
“I have nothing to fear and would appear before the court Dec 3,” Xinhua quoted Machado as saying.

“They can`t arrest me, because there`s been no crime, and it`s very clear there`s no risk of flight from the country,” she said.

Machado accused the Maduro administration of “retaliating for (her) having accompanied the students in (anti-government) protests, for denouncing human rights violations at the Organisation of American States, and for demanding the resignation of the four rectors of the National Electoral Council.”

Following the death of late President Hugo Chavez, Maduro succeeded him in April 2013. His election win by a slim margin of 1.5 percent votes highlighted deep political divisions in Venezuela.

Earlier this year, a wave of violent protests organised by right-wing parties left more than 40 people dead and 800 injured.

Media reports said Machado, along with now jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, hatched the plan, known as “The Exit,” to topple Maduro.

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