Venezuela has blasted Peru’s granting of political asylum to a Venezuelan politician wanted on corruption charges. “Despite the amount of evidence, the Peruvian government decided to grant Manuel Rosales political asylum,” Venezuela’s government said in a statement Monday. “It’s a decision that thwarts international law, inflicts a blow to the fight against corruption and is an affront to the people of Venezuela.” Asylum was granted to Rosales — the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela — on humanitarian grounds, Peru’s foreign minister said earlier Monday
Manuel Rosales, the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has been granted political asylum in Peru, Peru’s foreign minister said Monday. Rosales, a leading political opponent who lost the 2006 presidential race to Hugo Chavez, faces corruption charges in Venezuela
A Venezuelan mayor who says President Hugo Chavez is persecuting him on trumped-up corruption charges has gone to Peru, that nation’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Maracaibo Mayor Manuel Rosales, who belongs to a different political party than does Chavez, was supposed to have turned himself in to authorities on Monday but failed to appear.