Venezuela's Attorney General Carlos Escarra Dies

Published January 25, 2012 8:09PM (EST)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's justice minister says that the attorney general has died of a heart attack.

Tareck El Aissami says the death of Carlos Escarra occurred on Wednesday.

Lawmakers allied with President Hugo Chavez chose Escarra as attorney general in August 2011.

While Escarra was a Chavez loyalist, his brother, Herman, is closely sided with Venezuela's opposition.

By Salon Staff

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