Luisa Ortega

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Born 1958-01-11
Valle de la Pascua, Guárico, Venezuela
Alma mater University of Carabobo

Employment.png Prosecutor General of Venezuela

In office
13 December 2007 - 5 August 2017

Luisa Ortega (born 11 January 1958) is a Venezuelan lawyer. Between December 2007 and August 2017, she served as the Attorney General of Venezuela.[1]

Early life and career

Ortega Díaz was born in Valle de la Pascua, in Guárico State, on 11 January 1958.

She was educated at the University of Carabobo, graduating in law. She then chose to specialise in criminal law and in procedural law and moved to Caracas. She studied criminal law at the Universidad Santa María and procedural law at Andrés Bello Catholic University, both in the capital.

Ortega later became a law professor at the Universidad Santa María and still holds the title. She also served as a legal consultant to the state TV channel, Venezolana de Televisión.

Prosecutor General

In April 2002, Ortega joined the public prosecution service, in the Ministerio Público.[2]

On 13 December 2007, she was appointed Prosecutor General by the Parliament, or National Assembly, when the legislature was still controlled by the governing socialist PSUV.[3] In December 2014, on completion of Ortega's six-year term, she received authorisation for a second term, from 2015 to 2021.

Despite having been appointed under the government of Hugo Chávez, Ortega has been conspicuous in refusing to extend blanket support for his successor Nicolás Maduro. On 29 June 2017, the Supreme Court barred her from leaving the country and froze her assets, due to alleged "serious misconduct" in office.[4]

She was dismissed as Prosecutor General by the newly established National Constitutional Assembly on 5 August 2017.[5][6]


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  2. "Fiscal General de la República – Curriculum". Ministerio Público. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  3. "Luisa Ortega: Venezuela's chief prosecutor"
  4. "Venezuela's Attorney General Barred From Leaving Country". Voice of America. 29 June 2017. 
  5. "Venezuela constitutional assembly fires chief prosecutor". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  6. "Venezuela’s Ousted Attorney General Retreats on a Motorbike". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
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