Sunday, 13 October, 2019

Venezuela confirms death of detained officer who opposition says was tortured

MIGRANTS It is said that by the end of next year eight million will have left Venezuela MIGRANTS It is said that by the end of next year eight million will have left Venezuela
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2019, 20:46

Three people familiar with the talks between representatives of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and the United States backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, are reported to have told the Associated Press about the planned talks.

Captain Rafael Acosta Arevalo, 49, was transferred to Dr. Vicente Salas Military Hospital where he died at approximately 1 am Saturday morning, his lawyer told Bloomberg.

The officer "died while in the custody of Maduro's thugs and their Cuban advisers", it added.

The death under torture of the Venezuelan officer caused an worldwide scandal.

"This is essential to shed light not only on what happened to him, but in order to facilitate bringing to justice those responsible for his death", Bachelet said in a statement issued in Geneva.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony to mark the 17th anniversary of the return to power of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela on April 13, 2019.

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In a statement Saturday, Venezuela's Communications Ministry indicated President Maduro ordered a "thorough and exhaustive investigation" into the incident.

Tarek William Saab identified the two men as a lieutenant and a sergeant in Venezuela's General Directorate of Military Intelligence. The Maduro government revealed last week that it had thwarted a plot to attack the president, which officials said was planned for June 23 or 24.

The Lima Group, made up of a dozen Latin American countries and Canada, condemned the "assassination" of Acosta and called for the intervention of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. The EU and the USA is blamed for the death of the Maduro regime.

The EU has said that the death of Rafael Acosta arévalo is "a vivid illustration of the arbitrariness of the judicial system" in Venezuela and called for a full and independent investigation into the death of an officer.

On top of the fraught political situation, Venezuela is also grappling with its most-severe economic crisis in recent history.

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