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Venezuela arrests opposition mayor for 'rebellion'

Published on Mar 20, 2014 10:05 AM

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested the opposition mayor of San Cristobal on Wednesday for "civil rebellion", accusing him of stoking violence in the city hit harder than anywhere by more than a month of unrest.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who also heads the national intelligence service Sebin, told state TV that Sebin agents detained Mr Daniel Ceballos while acting on an order from a court in western Tachira state.

"This is an act of justice for a mayor who not only failed to meet his obligations under the law, but also facilitated and supported all the irrational violence in this city," he said. "In the coming hours he will be presented before the corresponding tribunals to begin the judgment process."

A man identifying himself as an aide to the mayor said via his Twitter account, @Daniel-Ceballos, that he was arrested in Caracas. According to a post on his Facebook page earlier, Mr Ceballos was in the capital for a meeting of opposition mayors.

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