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Venezuela: Vow To 'Rip Heads Off' Corrupt Cops
Venezuela's interior minister has given out his mobile phone number on television and asked police to call him and report corruption in their ranks.
Miguel Rodriguez said authorities would act on the information and "rip the head off" crooked officers.
It comes amid soaring crime levels in the country, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Officers only solve eight out of every 100 murders and police corruption is often seen as part of the problem.
The nation's violent crime wave was highlighted in recent days by the murder of a former Miss Venezuela beauty queen and her British ex-husband, which provoked a national uproar.
Actress Monica Spear, 29, who had a starring role in a popular TV soap series, and 39-year-old Thomas Henry Berry were shot dead in front of their five-year-old daughter, who was wounded, during a robbery.
The parents were killed after they had locked themselves in their car, which had broken down on a northwestern highway.
Their daughter, Maya, was treated in hospital after being shot in the leg.
The double murder is putting more pressure on President Nicolas Maduro for his failure to bring down the crime rate that has soared during 14 years of socialist rule.
And Mr Rodriguez said rooting out corruption was a way for police to regain the public's trust.
In a speech carried on state TV, he said: "New police will always have some great superiors, well-prepared ones.
"But they also are going to get some bad eggs. Report them fearlessly because their (corruption) undermines police authority for the Venezuelan people.
"Just give me the information right away, and we will rip the head off that immoral police superior."
Seven people, including a woman and two teenagers, have been arrested in connection with the double murder.
Although the weapon used in the robbery has not been found, it has emerged a digital camera stolen during the attack led police to a criminal group.
The group allegedly preyed on motorists on the stretch of road between Puerto Cabello and Valencia.
The camera was found at the home of one of the seven people arrested over the killings and helped officers trace other suspects in the case.
According to Jose Gregorio Sierralta, chief of Venezuela's criminal police, at least 11 people were involved in the crime - four of whom remain on the run.
The couple were buried in the capital Caracas on Friday while their daughter was being looked after by grandparents.
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