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Venezuela's Capriles fires lawmaker for bribes

Friday, September 14, 2012    

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition candidate in next month's election has fired a lawmaker from his party for allegedly taking bribes.

Henrique Capriles said yesterday he will oust Deputy Juan Carlos Caldera from his presidential campaign for using the candidate's name to gain benefits.

The decision came hours after state television released a subtitled video that shows Caldera sitting across from a man who asks him to set up a meeting with Capriles.

Caldera promises to look into it, adding that a meeting outside Venezuela would be less risky. The man, unseen on camera, hands Caldera two stacks of bills that the lawmaker stashes into a manila envelope.

Lawmaker Julio Chavez has demanded an investigation into the campaign finances of Capriles, who is running against incumbent Hugo Chavez in the October 7 election.

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