Venezuela lawmaker Juan Requesens charged over drone attack

Venezuela, Juan Requesens

(BBC) – A judge in Venezuela has announced that imprisoned lawmaker Juan Requesens will face trial for allegedly trying to kill President Nicolás Maduro in 2018.

He  was arrested three days after a drone carrying explosives blew up at a military parade attended by Mr Maduro on 4 August.

The opposition politician, who denies the charges, could face 30 years in prison if found guilty.

President Maduro was not hurt in the attack.

Who is Juan

A former student leader who organised anti-government protests in 2014, the law maker was elected to Venezuela’s legislative, the National Assembly, in 2015.

The 30-year-old is a member of the opposition Primero Justicia (Justice First) party and a vocal opponent of President Maduro.

He often led protest marches demanding the release of imprisoned students.

What has he been charged with?

He faces two charges of attempted murder. He has also been accused of terrorism, treason, public incitement, illegal possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to commit a crime.