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Venezuela’s Top Court Rejects Bid to Try Judges

FILE - Venezuela's chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela May 24, 2017.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has rejected a request from the country’s attorney general to put on trial several senior judges accused of favoring socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The court dismissed the proposal Friday as unfounded. It said Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz did not identify any alleged misconduct of the judges.

Diaz has accused the judges of breaching the constitution.

The legal challenge was the latest in a series of court challenges made by Diaz.

Earlier in the month, she filed a legal challenge to President Maduro’s call to convene a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. Diaz said the plan is unconstitutional and illegal “because it is the sovereign people who have the power” to demand a revision.

The Supreme Court rejected the challenge Monday.

“The electoral chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice declares that the (challenge) filed by Luisa Ortega Diaz is inadmissible because it is an inept accumulation of pretensions,” the court said via Twitter.

Diaz is a former ally of Maduro who has turned against him and the ruling Socialist Party.

The prosecutor, close to the late socialist President Hugo Chavez throughout his administration, said she considers “Chavismo as a philosophy of life” and that his legacy is “being destroyed.”

Diaz said Monday her family has been threatened and followed by intelligence agents since she split with the government.

More than two months of almost-daily street protests in Venezuela, primarily against the socialist government, have led to dozens of deaths. The president has grown increasingly unpopular as the country suffers crippling shortages of basic goods, including food and medicine.