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Defense of military specialist arrested in Venezuela denounces ‘forced disappearance’ | World and Science

Rocío San Miguel is an opponent of Nicolás Maduro’s governmentFacebook/Reproduction

Published 02/12/2024 15:53 ​​| Updated 02/12/2024 15:54

The defense of activist and specialist in military issues Rocío San Miguel denounced her arrest, which took place last Friday, 9th, as a “forced disappearance” for alleged conspiracy against the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.

Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek William Saab, took more than 48 hours to announce, on X, that Rocío was being held, without saying where or under what conditions.

The publication “does not tell us which police agency arrested her, under the order of which court she is in or which prosecutor is conducting the investigation”, criticized defense lawyer Juan González Tagaruco today. “We also do not know the place of detention. We visited some detention centers imprisonment and in no case do they give us a positive answer. We can define that this situation corresponds to a case of forced disappearance.”

Nor was it possible to resume contact with Rocío’s daughter, who accompanied her at the time of her arrest, at Venezuela’s main airport.

According to Tarek Saab, the arrest occurred “due to an arrest warrant against her on suspicion of being linked to a plot of conspiracy and attempted murder whose objective was to attempt the life of the head of state, Nicolás Maduro, and other officials senior management.”

The Venezuelan government, which frequently denounces plans against Maduro, says it has neutralized “five conspiracies” in 2023, in which military personnel, journalists and human rights defenders are named.

NGOs and opponents questioned the arrest of lawyer Rocío, 57, who won a case against Venezuela before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2018 for violating political and expression rights, following her dismissal from a public entity for having supported, in 2003, a recall referendum against the then president, Hugo Chávez (1999-2013).

Venezuela has 261 “political prisoners”, including 18 women and 146 military personnel, according to the NGO Foro Penal.

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