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Venezuela police facing murder probe: attorney general

Published on Mar 24, 2014 1:40 AM

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuela's attorney general admitted on Sunday that demonstrators have been abused during weeks of protests that have rocked the country and 60 complaints, including murder allegations against police, are being probed.

"Yes, there has been police excess, we are not going to deny that... we are investigating," Luisa Ortega Diaz told local television station Televen.

Among the 60 possible cases "there are three police officers from Chacao who are attributed as having allegedly committed murder," she said.

Ortega added that authorities have detained 15 officials, but stressed that instances of abuse were isolated and were not in response to instruction from above.

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