Venezuela

Decree targets ‘traitors’

Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly has passed a decree ordering authorities to investigate and try those believed responsible for supporting new U.S. economic sanctions. The decree passed Tuesday declares all those who promoted the latest U.S. response to Venezuela’s political conflict as “traitors of the patria.” Delegates are directing the chief prosecutor’s office to immediately initiate a probe. The move comes days after President Nicolas Maduro vowed to prosecute for treason opponents he accused of being behind the financial sanctions.

GUATEMALA

Court blocks expulsion

Guatemala’s highest court ruled Tuesday that President Jimmy Morales cannot expel the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission from the country. The president had issued his expulsion order for Ivan Velasquez early Sunday, two days after Velasquez and Guatemala’s chief prosecutor announced they were seeking to lift Morales’ immunity from prosecution in order to investigate alleged illegal campaign financing. But the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest tribunal, quickly suspended the order Sunday, and on Tuesday the justices negated Morales’ order declaring Velasquez persona non grata. The court ruled the order was issued improperly.

Germany

Nurse to face more charges

German officials expect to bring new charges against a nurse already serving a life sentence for two murders after determining that he might have killed another 84 patients, if not more, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Oldenburg state prosecutor Martin Koziolek said he expected his office would be bringing more charges by early 2018 against inmate Niels Hoegel, who gave patients overdoses of heart medication and other drugs because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. Additional convictions could affect Hoegel’s possibility of parole.

Canada

Most-wanted man caught

Canadian police officers on bicycles chased down and caught a Laotian-born alleged drug smuggler who is on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s list of 10 most wanted suspects, authorities said Tuesday. Montreal police Commander Miguel Alston said Katay-Khaophone Sychanta, 35, was on a park bench preparing to smoke a marijuana joint with another man when police approached and questioned him last week. Alston said the officers were not satisfied with his answers after he produced identification that turned out to be a fake driver’s license from Maryland.

Compiled from wire reports