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Former Venezuela security chief to face human rights abuse charges

The National Guard of Venezuela’s former chief has been charged with “serious and systematic” human rights violations reports the Atlantic.

Antonio Benavides was removed from his security chief post in June after his troops were captured on film firing at protestors.

Although Mr Benavides was soon reassigned to a position as head of Venezuela’s Capital District government, the state prosecutors’ office announced the charges levelled against him last week.

Mr Benavides has previously been sanctioned by the US government, after violent clashes between security forces and protestors in 2014 which killed more than 40 people.

At least 76 have been killed as a result of opposition protests since April this year.