This Sunday is the first anniversary of the murder of Commander Rafael Acosta Arévalo, who was arrested by the repressive forces of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship and tortured to death.
His wife Waleswka Pérez recalled this tragic event through her Twitter account. “A year ago you were savagely murdered, by the narco-regime”.
“I demand the condemnation of the entire CRIMINAL structure responsible for your murder. In your name and that of your children,” she said.
#rafaelacostaarevalo Hace un año fuiste #asesinado salvajemente, por el #narcoregimen Exijo la condena de toda la estructura CRIMINAL responsable de tu asesinato. En tu nombre y el de tus hijos. #lesahumanidad #nomastorturas #derechoshumanos @TAMARA_SUJU @Almagro_OEA2015 #tortura pic.twitter.com/cnOUgEdwLd
— Waleswka Perez de Acosta (@waleswka77) June 28, 2020
On Friday, June 21st, 2019. At approximately 4 pm he was kidnapped by a commission of the Dgcim (General Direction of Military Counterintelligence). In a shopping center in Miranda State, hooded and carrying long weapons, as witnesses informed. Our last phone contact was that same day at 2:00 pm. RAFAEL RAMÓN AGOSTA ARÉVALO, Father of my children, sound, correct, excellent human being, with an impeccable career always attached to the Constitution and his military oath to protect and enforce the laws, with an excellent resume, his friends, teachers, comrades in arms, subordinates, his resumé are witness, always in the top of the course and promotion.
Five days passed since his kidnapping and forced disappearance, days of anguish without knowing where he was kept or if he was alive. On June 26th, Jorge Rodriguez, Minister of the dictatorship, on a national network with videos involving my husband, accusing him of assassination, terrorism, attacks and a lot of false accusations, that day the dictatorship admitted that they had kidnapped him, at night, with a tone of MOCKERY, Diosdado Cabello on his program, with photos and a hierarchical map, ‘Everyone is being held in custody, and are declaring’. What you didn’t say, Cabello, was that they were KILLING him.
Is declaring TORTURE? Is being under custody MURDER? By then, I demanded before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and the United Nations (UN), Michelle Bachelet, the International Criminal Court and the countries that make up the Court, respect for their lives and physical integrity.
It was until Friday, June 28th, 120 hours after his abduction, in violation of due process, that the dictatorship decided to hold the presentation hearing before a military tribunal at Fort Tiuna, at 9:30 at night, Atty. Alonso Medina Roa, informed us that the state of torture was incredible, in a wheelchair, he could not speak, and in the middle of the hearing he convulsed.
The judge was forced to order that he be transferred to a hospital, he postponed the hearing and they took him to the infirmary, an ambulatory, it was not even a hospital according to the signs of torture, to save him, where they inform us that he died at 1 am, REALLY, we do not know if that was the time, but we got to know it at 10: 00 am the next day, they KILLED him, being innocent, without due process and violating the Principle of Presumption of Innocence. Let’s remember Hugo Chavez, under his command in the attempted coup d’etat, there were dozens of DEATHS, use of troops, armed assaults, use of army vehicles. His rights were respected, AND HE DESTROYED THE COUNTRY!.
The NARCO-REGIMEN were not happy with just that, they hid all the information, we did not know where the body was, for more than 13 days, UNCERTAINTY, IMPOTENCY.
CONTROLLED INHUMATION! That is the name that the Narco-dictatorship gives to the burials of all those that it assassinated, denying to the family, the right to a funeral and to chose where to be buried, only 5 members of the Family of my husband could go to his burial, my children and I, we could not be there. Let’s not forget the massacre of Oscar Perez’s Junquito, he to was interred this way.
It was not until July 10th that a call was received from the Bello Monte Morgue for a family member to recognize my husband’s body, his mother and sister attended, thanks to the media everything was recorded. WE DID NOT KNOW that after delivering the body, by order of Judge NORELYS LEON ZAA, Judge 36 of the Metropolitan area, had ordered the previously mentioned controlled burial, without knowing that they already had a hearse, a hole in the eastern cemetery, a cement tablet with his name on it and even a priest to bury him without our authorization. They did not allow the accompaniment of relatives, nor the press to the cemetery, blocked admittance with cordons and a full deployment (of personnel). What for? What did they want to hide? What message did the narco-dictatorship want to send? More fear?
On June 29th, one day after the murder, TARECK WILLIAN SAAB and Diosdado Cabello appeared in the news, saying that they would take the investigation to its final conclusion, in order to make clear all facts, WHOEVER WAS GUILTY. Curiously, that morning, Lieutenant Tarascio Ascanio and 2nd Sergeant, ESTIBEN ZARATE, both from the National Guard, officials from the DGCIM, turned themselves in. ‘How strange! In record time, they already had the culprits, you know, a lieutenant and a sergeant.
On July 4th, at the presentation hearing of the lieutenant and the sergeant was held in the same court, with the same judge, and the same prosecutor. What is INCREDIBLE, is that they were charged with Pre-Intentional Manslaughter with Cause, it’s something like, THEY DID NOT WANT TO, 16 broken ribs, they electrocuted him, fractured his fingers, burns, cuts, fractured his nose, blows, and who knows what other aberrations they may have done to him. The judge issued a Custody Order for both of them, pending their preliminary hearing. In short, they wanted to block out the sun with one finger. The worst thing is that on September 24th, they were sentenced to 6 years and 8 months, they admitted the facts, and enjoyed the procedural benefit of reducing their sentence.
We were not notified of the preliminary hearing, nor were we allowed access to the hearing or to the file, let alone to join the prosecution as victims, or to exercise the right to appeal.
I wonder? What about the rights of the prisoners? THE LAW OF TORTURE?
What happened to the chain of command dictator Nicolas Maduro, illegitimate president, murderer?
While all this was happening, the UN, specifically the High Commissioner, for Human Rights, was in Venezuela, from June 19th to 21st, leaving two commissioners, who are witnesses to the Assassination and the structure of TORTURE, and they said nothing. I asked for support and international support to carry out a FORENSIC EXAMINATION, independent, to determine the cause of death. We did not get a response or help, only a tweet, where they are concerned, about the situation and months later a report without results.
Today, a year after your murder. I, Waleswka Pérez de Acosta, acting in your name and that of your children, invoke Truth and Justice, I DEMAND and EXHORT the fulfillment of the Constitution and the Laws of Venezuela, (Law Against Torture). I request the International Community, the United Nations Organization (Commissioner M. Bachelet), the Organization of American States (OAS), Human Rights Organizations that are against Torture, the International Criminal Court, all the countries that are part of and sign all the Treaties and Statutes that defend the Natural Rights of Man, so that they CONDEMN, PUNISH AND CRIMINALIZE the entire criminal structure responsible for the Torture and Murder of my husband.
For the more than 420 political prisoners, military and civilians who are still being TORTURED in the hands of the narco-regime.
For all the widows, orphans and victims.