Prosecutors investigate Venezuelan newspaper over front-page photo of bodies in morgue

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Prosecutors in Venezuela say they are investigating a newspaper's publication of a photograph on its front page depicting dead bodies in a Caracas morgue.

The photograph in the newspaper El Nacional showed about a dozen bodies of men strewn about on examination tables in the morgue.

The attorney general's office said in a statement Saturday that it is on the case after a complaint by a student group aligned with President Hugo Chavez's government. Police chief Wilmer Flores has also denounced the daily for publishing the image.

El Nacional's editor, Miguel Henrique Otero, said the photograph — taken in December — was used in Friday's newspaper to illustrate the fact that the morgue is being overwhelmed due to rampant violence.