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Exiled lawyers start graft trial of Venezuelan Maduro



BOGOTA, Colombia – Venezuelan lawyers who have fled their homeland say they are bringing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to justice for allegations of corruption and money laundering, the Brazilian construction giant at the center of a regional corruption scandal

Called Venezuela's "Supreme Court in Exile," the panel is made up of judges who were appointed by the opposition-controlled Congress to their country's Supreme Court last year after Maduro accused them of high treason

The judges met on Monday in the Colombian capital, to begin a symbolic process for Maduro, in which they also demanded his arrest.

Maduro does not recognize the judges in exile and says that they are trying to illegally replace Venezuela's current Supreme Court, which was appointed by its allies.

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