July 21, 2008
(AP) -- A former defense minister who has become a prominent critic of President Hugo Chávez says he was attacked by unidentified gunmen but escaped unscathed.
Gen. Raúl Isaías Baduel says gunmen shot at him from a sport utility vehicle on Monday, when he was driving with his son near Venezuela's capital.
Baduel left the military last year and led opposition to constitutional reforms that would have let Chávez run for reelection indefinitely. Voters rejected the reforms in December.
Venezuela's military is investigating Baduel for alleged corruption during his tenure as defense minister. Baduel calls it a case of political retaliation.