Tags: Venezuela | Maduro

Venezuela Accused of Torture Against Maduro's Critics

Image: Venezuela Accused of Torture Against Maduro's Critics
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

By    |   Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 11:01 PM

Two Venezuelan student protesters awaiting trial were reportedly tortured and forced into false confessions, according to the Human Rights Foundation.

Christian Holdack and Marco Aurelio Coello have been in detention since Feb. 12, the day they participated a large-scale protest in Caracas against the left-wing government of President  Nicolas Maduro.

Reports say Coello was stripped, wrapped in a rubber mat, beaten for hours with golf clubs and fire extinguishers and given electric shocks. Authorities repeatedly threatened to execute Coello by putting a gun to his head and dousing him with gasoline and threatening to set him on fire, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Psychiatrists say Coello is suffering from acute post-traumatic stress disorder from his ordeal.

Holdack is believed to have been subjected to similar forms of torture.

Coello and Holdack are awaiting trial, as is opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has been in jail since turning himself in Feb. 18.

A Venezuelan judge ruled Thursday that Lopez must stand trial in connection with the Feb. 12 protests, in which three people were killed and dozens injured.

All three defendants could face lengthy prison terms if convicted on charges that include arson, property damage and incitement to commit a crime.

The Human Rights Foundation said the prosecution and judges assigned to the case have ignored evidence that Coello and Holdack were not involved in burning of police cars and damaging a government office building during the protests.

Foundation Chairman Garry Kasparov, a Russian political activist and chess grandmaster, said that “the use of torture and other systematic violations of the rights of Venezuelan students show the world the true colors of the Bolivarian ‘revolution.’ ” Maduro and his anti-American predecessor, Hugo Chavez, use that term to describe their socialist movement.

“The Venezuelan government knows that if they let these innocent young men go, they would also have to let Leopoldo Lopez go, so they prefer to keep them in prison and torture them to extract false confessions,” he said. “This must stop. The judge must release these students immediately in light of the complete lack of evidence against them.”

Human Rights Watch issued a report last month documenting 45 recent cases of abuse involving more than 150 victims in Caracas and three Venezuelan states.  In at least 10 of the cases, the abuse constituted torture, the group said.

 “Venezuelan security forces have repeatedly used unlawful force against unarmed and nonviolent people,” Human Rights Watch said in releasing the report, with some of the worst abuses occurring “against people who were not even participating in demonstrations, or were already detained and fully under the control of security forces.”

Related Stories:

© 2017 NewsmaxWorld. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
TheAmericas
Two Venezuelan student protesters awaiting trial were reportedly tortured and forced into false confessions, according to the Human Rights Foundation. The protesters have been in detention since Feb. 12.
Venezuela, Maduro
458
2014-01-05
Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 11:01 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved