Chief prosecutor, a former government loyalist who has become one of president’s leading critics, says police and military to blame for protest deaths

Venezuela’s renegade chief prosecutor has charged the former head of the country’s national guard with systemically violating human rights during three months of anti-government protests that have left nearly 80 people dead.

Luisa Ortega Diaz’s office announced the charges against Antonio Benavides Torres a day after the nation’s Supreme Court declared it was barring her from leaving Venezuela and ordering her bank accounts frozen.

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