By Ryan Fahey For Mailonline
Published: 14:54 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 14:55 BST, 16 September 2020
The government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has committed crimes against humanity including torture and murder, independent experts commissioned by the UN have claimed.
The experts issued a report that says the people responsible for crimes that include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture must be held to account, in part to ensure they do not happen again.
The findings, based on nearly 3,000 cases that were investigated or examined, concluded that Mr Maduro and his defence and interior ministers were aware of crimes committed by security forces and intelligence agencies.
It further alleged that high-level authorities had both power and oversight over the forces and agencies, making the top officials responsible.
This handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows Venezuela's President