Venezuelan human rights activist Lilian Tintori published a video on her Twitter account Friday saying a cash seizure and an order for her to appear in court were part of a government effort to attack her reputation.
Authorities said they found about $12,000 stacked inside four wooden boxes in a vehicle that was registered to Tintori. They seized the money Wednesday.
The mother of two said the cash was meant to be used to take care of her uninsured grandmother's medical expenses. She said the 100-year-old woman was hospitalized.
"It is not a crime to have cash in your property. It is not a crime to have cash in your truck, in your house," Tintori said.
Tintori said she appeared in court to explain the source and purpose of the cash, because she had nothing to hide.
"I am not a public official. I am a mother, a wife, a human rights activist," Tintori said.
Tintori's husband, Leopoldo Lopez, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for inciting violence during the 2014 anti-government protests. He served three years and five months in the Ramo Verde prison and remains under house arrest.
Este dinero es para pagar los gastos de mi abuelita que tiene 100 años y está hospitalizada desde hace días. Ella no tiene seguro. pic.twitter.com/WbHdA0XOYk
— Lilian Tintori (@liliantintori) August 30, 2017