Venezuelan former mayor dismissed and sentenced takes refuge in BrazilSmolansky was mayor of the Hatillo municipality until the beginning of August and was in hiding since he was deposed and condemned.
Former Mayor David Venezuelan Smolansky, dismissed and sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Supreme Court to allow protests and road closures, He left his country and is in Brazil, said on Thursday the agency EFE sources close to him.
Smolansky was mayor of the Hatillo municipality until the beginning of August and was in hiding since he was deposed and condemned for their support to strong protests then occurred against the government of Nicolas Maduro.
Former Mayor, sought since his dismissal by the Bolivarian Intelligence Services (SEBIN), released on Wednesday (13) a video on social networks in which said to be in his “first day of exile” and he confirmed that he had left Venezuela, even without specifying where he was.
“Resisti por 35 days, nos quais percorri centenas de quilômetros no território nacional e hoje falo no meu primeiro dia no exílio”, disse Smolansky em vídeo.
Fontes próximas ao partido Vontade Popular, ao qual pertence o ex-prefeito, disseram hoje à EFE que o ex-prefeito chegou ao Brasil por terra, o que confirmaria a viagem de “centenas de quilômetros” que disse ter feito no vídeo.
As mesmas fontes disseram que Smolansky pode ser recebido hoje mesmo por autoridades do governo do presidente Michel Temer, um dos mais críticos a Maduro na região.