Amnesty International published a report revealing how the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro tortured Lieutenant Commander Rafael Acosta Arévalo to death.
The international justice organism detailed that Acosta Arévalo, who died on June 28th, 2019, was kidnapped by the regime, disappeared, tortured and it was not until two days before his death that they officially announced that they were holding him in captivity.
Amnesty International reported that all these tortures were committed against this military officer long before he was brought to trial.
Furthermore, Erika Guevara Rosas, director of the organization for the Americas, affirmed that Rafael Acosta Arévalo did not die in a hospital but in the middle of a hearing with the judge.
“He was presented, while dying, before a military court to be charged and died in the room where the presentation hearing was to take place without receiving medical attention in the moments before his death,” the statement said.
For this murder Maduro’s dictatorship only charged two military men, who told contradictory versions of the facts.
“The minutes of the investigation do not link the actions of the condemned to the death of the victim and furthermore, they are accused on a charge that insinuates that the death was caused accidentally, leaving aside that it was the consequence of multiple and serious injuries that compromised his lungs and to the point of causing a severe cerebral edema,” the statement said.
The organization warned that this is not an isolated event, but on the contrary, Maduro’s dictatorship has made these practices a daily occurrence among an important group of political prisoners, that makes evident a “deadly policy of repression of Nicolás Maduro’s government to silence dissidents”.