Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Venezuela’s Supreme Court has jailed another Caracas area mayor for not obeying orders to shut down protests in his district.

David Smolansky was sentenced to 15 months behind bars. He is the fifth opposition mayor to be removed or jailed in the last two weeks.

Wednesday night sentencing comes as the United States imposes sanctions on eight more people for undermining democracy in the country, including the brother of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The U.S. has accused them of supporting the creation of a constituent assembly that’s charged with rewriting the country’s constitution and declaring itself superior to all other government institutions.

The U.S. has called the vote to create the assembly “illegitimate.”


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Miami

Check Your BracketEnter our national Bracket Challenge game for a chance to win $5,000 Amex gift card.
Get Your Daily DoseHere's some good news just for you.
CBS4 New Home For Florida Lottery

Watch & Listen LIVE