Amnesty International urged Maikel Moreno, who is usurping the post as president of the Supreme Court of Justice, to urgently conduct a fair trial of deputy Juan Requesens.
The organization denounced that, according to the family of the parliamentarian, Requesens was tortured during the first days of his detention and forced to record an incriminating video.
“Given the serious reports that this confession was obtained under duress, I urge you to ensure that your trial hearing takes place on the date stipulated by the court and complies with international standards,” Amnesty International added.
Juan Requesens, a Venezuelan representative in the National Assembly, has been in pretrial detention since his arbitrary detention on August 7th, 2018.
After 14 months, his trial hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 25th, 2019. Venezuela’s justice system consistently fails to meet procedural deadlines and the right to a fair trial without undue delay.
Judges regularly postpone hearings without any valid excuse, such as when officials refuse to transfer defendants to their hearings, or because prosecutors fail to appear in court. We call upon Juan Requesens to have a fair trial without undue delay.