The Socialist International condemned the illegal detention of Deputy Freddy Guevara, perpetrated last Monday, July 12th, by agents of the Bolivarian regime intelligence services (SEBIN).
While Guevara was driving along a Caracas highway, the car in which he was traveling was intercepted by Maduro’s henchmen, who proceeded to kidnap him without presenting a judicial document (arrest warrant), with a description of charges or any accusation.
“This violent and illegitimate loss of his freedom was recorded and transmitted by Guevara himself with his mobile phone and the images and audios immediately uploaded to social networks through which they have circulated profusely, provoking immediate reactions of stupor and repudiation in the country and abroad,” detailed the Socialist International.
Likewise, it condemned that at the same time a situation of similar characteristics and seriousness affected the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó. These actions show the absolute disregard for human rights and for the basic guarantees of physical integrity and personal freedom with which Nicolás Maduro’s regime usually operates.
The SI considers unacceptable the statement of the Attorney General of the Republic, Tarek William Saab, dated the same day of the events, which, ignoring the essential procedural rights of any accused, links Guevara with extremist and paramilitary groups supposedly associated with the Colombian government.
“The Prosecutor anticipates that he will file charges for very serious crimes, such as terrorism, attack against the constitutional order, conspiracy to commit a crime and treason. It is not the first time that Guevara has faced illegitimate accusations and political persecution, already in 2017 he had to take refuge in the Chilean embassy in Venezuela, where he remained until he was pardoned along with a hundred opposition activists in 2020,” the multilateral organization recalled.
Faced with the harassment registered in recent days, it urged Maduro’s regime, the bolivarian judicial and criminal prosecution bodies and police to immediately cease any act that violates the human rights of the inhabitants of Venezuela.
The SI holds Nicolás Maduro’s regime responsible for the physical integrity and security of Freddy Guevara and demands that he and all prisoners of conscience be released.
“Any trial that any Venezuelan faces must fully respect the presumption of innocence and the procedural guarantees. The criminalization of political action, harassment and deprivation of liberty for the sole fact of opposing a regime that has departed from all democratic guidelines, are unacceptable,” it asserted.
Finally, it called on the international community to remain in solidarity and active in Venezuela’s democratic struggle and to act in favor of respecting the fundamental rights of all Venezuelans.