July 25, 2021

They ask Bachelet to visit Venezuela and verify the state of the "political prisoners"

They ask Bachelet to visit Venezuela and verify the state of the "political prisoners"

Relatives of those considered "Venezuelan political prisoners" requested today at the headquarters of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Caracas, the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to Venezuela to verify the state of the opponents.

"We are relatives of political prisoners who are here today asking him, demanding the United Nations, the UN, to send the high commissioner of human rights to Venezuela, to come to Venezuela," said Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned leader Leopoldo López. journalists.

Tintori, who posted posters with the names of the prisoners on the walls of the UNDP, indicated that this request is due to the fact that the relatives fear for the life of the detainees they believe is at risk because, he assures, the State does not guarantee it.

The opposition recalled that this Monday the councilman Fernando Albán, considered "political prisoner", fell from the tenth floor of the Intelligence Service (Sebin), where he was detained.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the councilman committed suicide, but the parliament, which has an opposition majority, and anti-Chavez leaders maintain that it was a homicide.

Tintori, who was in the company of relatives and lawyers of the prisoners, insisted on this thesis.

"Tomorrow they can dawn dead (the opponents deprived of freedom), we do not want to receive another news of death of some other political prisoner like Rodolfo González (an opponent that supposedly also committed suicide in 2015 in the Sebin), like Fernando Albán", he said.

He also demanded a "faith of life" from the former Minister of Defense of the late President Hugo Chávez, General Raúl Isaías Baduel, who has been in prison since 2009, because – he says – he does not know "if he is alive or dead" because his family members have been two months without seeing it.

"And there are still rumors that there is a dead person in the grave," a cell in the Venezuelan Intelligence Service where, according to the opposition, the inmates are isolated.

Also, the relatives of prisoners like Fred Mavares, a policeman who remains in custody despite the fact that they claim to have a release certificate more than two years ago; or deputy Juan Requesens, arrested for allegedly being implicated in the attack on President Nicolás Maduro on August 4, demanded the release of all.

According to the Venezuelan opposition there are 400 "political prisoners" of which 160 are military, although the NGO Penal Forum says there are more than 200.


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