Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Venezuela opposition lawmaker dies in prison

A mourner of the municipal lawmaker Fernando Alban holds a placard that reads Venezuela faces calls for probe after opposition activist dies in custody
Jeannette Daniel | 12 October, 2018, 05:50

Fernando Alban was arrested Friday at Caracas' worldwide airport upon arrival from a trip to NY to galvanize world opinion against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

"We become aware a few minutes ago of the suicide of the councilman", Tarek said on state television, referring to the member of the opposition Justice First party.

"At the moment he was going to be transported to court, while he was in the SEBIN waiting room, he jumped from the window of the building and fell, causing his death", Reverol wrote.

Ravina Shamdasani with the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said the U.N.'s Human Rights Council has mandated the human rights arm to do a report on Venezuela, but was unclear if the councilman's death would be covered in that report.

The government had previously given no reasons for his arrest.

But opposition leaders, backed by several foreign governments, have cast doubt on the official version, and accused Maduro's government of torture and murdering the politician.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro believes Colombia may be harboring some of the perpetrators of the August assassination attempt against his life, a statement said Sunday. "The only thing left for this government is torture, violence and destruction".

The United States in August condemned alleged arbitrary detentions and forced confessions by the Venezuelan government in its investigation of the drone incident.

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The French foreign ministry on Thursday reissued an appeal for the liberation of all political prisoners in Venezuela and respect for basic rights.

The group was "detained during security raids known as Operations for the Liberation of the People - OLPs - which the government said were created to break up criminal gangs", Shamdasani said.

More than two dozen people have been jailed on suspicion of involvement in the plot, which Maduro claims was orchestrated by Borges with the support of Colombia and the U.S.

One of Alban's lawyers, Joel Garcia, told reporters that an autopsy conducted at the national morgue showed signs of severe trauma to the skull, chest, and hips as well as indications of a fall.

The United Nations on Tuesday urged Venezuelan officials to perform an independent and transparent investigation into the death of an opposition councilman jailed by Venezuela's intelligence police on allegations that he plotted to kill President Nicolas Maduro.

"This is disturbing, and the government has a responsibility to ensure all understand how that could have happened", Mr Corker, a Republican, said on Twitter.

Luis Almagro, the head of the Organization of American States and a critic of Venezuela's government, called Alban's death "the direct responsibility of a torturing and homicidal regime".

He said he met with Alban the night before in the tribunal and his client had seemed calm.

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