Human rights activist Alfredo Ruiz was named Venezuela’s new ombudsman by Tarek William Saab, the country’s interim attorney general.
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Ruiz is a leading activist with more than 25 years experience defending human rights. He is also a founding member of Support Network for Justice and Peace, an NGO that protects the liberties outlined in the Bolivarian Constitution.
Ruiz will take over from Saab, who was sworn in on Saturday after Luisa Ortega Diaz was suspended from the position of Attorney General pending a hearing on allegations of malpractice.
Ortega was accused by a lawmaker of lying when she alleged "lack of legitimacy of origin" of 33 judges of the Supreme Court. Following Ortega’s complaint, Saab produced a record of the 2015 meeting that had Ortega’s signature, although Ortega maintained she was not present at the meeting and therefore the appointments were invalid.
She is also being investigated for her alleged support for ongoing opposition protests, which have since claimed over 100 lives.