July 24, 2021

Relatives demand faith of life from a former Defense Minister of Hugo Chávez

Relatives demand faith of life from a former Defense Minister of Hugo Chávez

The relatives of the Venezuelan army general Raul Baduel, arrested for alleged crimes against "the integrity of the nation," demanded today the Government a life faith of the retired military officer, who was Hugo Chávez's defense minister between 2006 and 2007.

Andreina Baduel, the general's daughter, told journalists today that she has not seen her father for nearly two months, held in the dungeons of the intelligence service in Caracas known as "the tomb", and demanded a life faith by pointing out that " rumor "accounts for a death in this detention center.

"This is not a favor, it's not a funny concession, it's our right to see our father," the military's daughter said at a press conference.

He added that General Baduel's dungeon is four stories underground, where he receives no ventilation or sunlight, and that in the last contact he had with his father, he indicated that the artificial lighting of the cell is on all day.

Margareth Baduel, another daughter of the retired military officer, said that all the visits that the family has been able to make to their father during this year do not add up to 24 hours, and that they are recorded completely.

"The regime (of Nicolás Maduro) is responsible for what happens to my father," he said.

Baduel was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to nearly 8 years in prison for alleged acts of corruption during his tenure as Venezuela's defense minister, although he said at the time that he was imprisoned for opposing Chavez, with whom he had a close relationship for years.

The relationship between Baduel and Chávez was broken when the former opposed a constitutional reform promoted by the leader of the so-called Bolivarian revolution, and came to pronounce on the presumed totalitarian drift of Chávez and his dolphin and successor, Nicolás Maduro.

In January 2017, and one day before the end of his sentence for corruption-which he carried out at his home in a precautionary manner-Baduel was again arrested for the commission of alleged crimes that affect the "integrity" of the country, although these were not they have been clarified by the Venezuelan Prosecutor's Office.


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