Venezuela chief prosecutor accuses government of harassment and calls for replacement of Supreme Court justices

Venezuela's chief prosecutor said on Monday her family had been threatened and followed by intelligence agents since she split with the government.

"Somebody is threatening my family," she said in a radio interview. "They harass them. They follow them, patrol cars that look like SEBIN (the Bolivarian Intelligence Service)," Luisa Ortega said, adding that she would hold the government responsible if her family was harmed. 

Ortega, a former ally of President Nicolas Maduro who has turned against him and the ruling Socialist Party, has questioned Maduro's handling of opposition street protests in recent weeks and challenged his plan to rewrite a constitution brought in by late leader Hugo Chavez. 

Ortega's office said it was investigating the death on Monday of a man called Socrates Salgado, 49, in a coastal town near Caracas. Opposition politicians said he died during a protest. 

The chief prosecutor filed a Supreme Court challenge on Thursday to Maduro's plan to elect a legislative super-body known as a constituent assembly, which will have the power to rewrite the constitution and in some cases dissolve state institutions. The Supreme Court rejected the challenge on Monday. 

In response, Ortega launched another legal challenge, this time claiming that all 33 justices appointed to the court in 2015 were put there via an "irregular" process and that they should be replaced.

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