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Venezuela Supreme Court decries new US sanctions – Los Angeles Times

Venezuelan justices Friday railed against the latest attempt of the Trump administration to tighten the screws on the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro as the country lurches under extreme poverty, economic collapse and explosive violence.

The U.S. imposed new economic sanctions on eight members of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, including its president, Maikel Jose Moreno Perez.

They were accused of using their power to usurp the authority of Venezuela’s “democratically elected legislature,” which stands in opposition to Maduro and has been largely sidelined by him, the Treasury Department said. Maduro also controls the court, which has routinely backed his increasingly autocratic actions.

It is the first time the U.S. has sanctioned an entire panel of judges. Earlier this year, the administration also blacklisted Venezuela’s vice president, Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of being a major drug trafficker.

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