A court in Venezuela has ordered four people detained for their alleged involvement in the assassination of a leading government prosecutor.

Those ordered held by the court Friday include newspaper editor Patricia Poleo and businessman Nelson Mezerhane.

They are accused of plotting the assassination of Danilo Anderson, who was leading the prosecution of hundreds of people accused of backing a 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez.

Mr. Anderson was killed by a car bomb last November. Ms. Poleo and Mr. Mezerhane are accused of plotting the assassination with two others who have been detained - retired general Eugenio Anez Nunez and Salvador Romani, a Cuban dissident.

Since Mr. Anderson's killing last year, Venezuelan police have arrested at least two other suspects, while two others were killed in a gunfight with police.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.