General Baduel, a critic of Chavismo, dies in the custody of Maduro’s jailers


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The general Raúl Isaías Baduel has died in Caracas as a result of a cardiorespiratory arrest and as a consequence of contracting the Covid-19 disease, as reported by the prosecutor on Tuesday night Tareck William Saab.

Baduel is one of the oldest political prisoners of the regime, and his death has occurred in the custody of the Venezuelan State. Through his Twitter account, the head of the Public Ministry explained that the former Minister of Defense “received the corresponding medical care” and had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Baduel, 66, had been in prison since 2009 for becoming a critic of Hugo Chávez, who was his partner, and after stating that he was against the constitutional reform in 2007. The military man became a symbol of Chavista dissidence within the Armed Forces, and became one of the oldest political prisoners in the country. The man was in prison for alleged corruption, and in 2017 he was released; but the regime of Nicolas Maduro He charged two new crimes against him: attempting against the freedom and independence of the nation and treason against the fatherland.

The Baduel family has experienced firsthand the cruel treatment of the Nicolás Maduro regime. The general’s children have also been in prison for being allegedly linked to different “coup” scenarios. On several occasions, Baduel’s daughters denounced that their father had been isolated, incommunicado, and even “buried alive” at the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin). The general’s family has been denouncing in the last three years the illegitimacy of the military’s detention, who was also subjected to legal limbo, psychological torture and isolation for up to eight months.

Other dead under custorida

The former minister has entered the list of political prisoners who have died in custody. Already in 2018, the councilor of the Libertador municipality (Caracas) and a member of the opposition political party Primero Justicia, Fernando Albán, died when he was detained at the Sebin headquarters in Caracas. His arrest came after he was accused of allegedly participating in a plan to end Maduro’s life. The regime assured that Albán he committed suicide – he threw himself out of the window – while he was in police custody.

In 2019, the Venezuelan Lieutenant Commander Rafael Acosta Arevalo He died while being tortured by members of the Chavista Intelligence who acted with full knowledge of Nicolás Maduro. The Public Ministry accused Acosta and 13 other “retired civilians and military men” of being part of a “subversive group led by Juan Guaidó”, which had planned a “coup d’etat scheduled for June 23 and 24” of that year. .

The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission of the United Nations on Venezuela, created in 2019, to investigate the country’s situation, has published reports pointing to the regime’s security forces Nicolás Maduro for incurring serious human rights violations since 2014. For its part, the International Criminal Court is reviewing the files that link the Chavista regime with crimes against humanity and is awaiting a verdict in this regard. For the time being, the agency is holding a preliminary examination on Venezuela to determine whether there is sufficient evidence and grounds to initiate a formal investigation against the alleged perpetrators.

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