Atty. Omar Mora Tosta, member of the defense team of Deputy Freddy Guevara, requested this Tuesday in the Palace of Justice a habeas corpus in favor of the parliamentarian, considering that his constitutional rights were violated after verifying that there was no judicial entity (no court or judge)hearing the case.
“We reviewed all the courts and none claimed to have heard of Freddy’s case, which means that in theory there was no request that had been processed by any prosecutor of the Public Ministry before any court before this arbitrary detention,” he explained.
The jurist confirmed that Guevara is a victim of arbitrary detention and forced disappearance. “By virtue of yesterday’s statement, we presumed that he was in the Sebin, but we went there and they said that he was not there, that they had no information. He is missing, he is kidnapped on Maduro’s orders. Kidnapped by the action of Tarek William Saab, the illegitimate prosecutor,” he specified.
Kidnapping ordered by Maduro to distract
The leader and founder of Voluntad Popular, Leopoldo López, denounced that the forced disappearance of Deputy Freddy Guevara was ordered by Maduro, and executed by the illegitimate prosecutor of the Public Ministry, Tarek Saab, to distract public opinion about the protests that recently have been occurring in Cuba.
“They detain him, first of all, to distract everybody from what is happening in Cuba. Let us remember that Nicolás Maduro is a person who acts, and has always acted, in the interest of that country and at this time Cubans are raising their voice for the first time in many years. I have no doubt that Maduro was asked by Cuba to take some actions to distract (public opinion),” the Venezuelan politician explained.
He also argued that the kidnapping of Guevara was also used as a distraction element to the armed confrontations in ‘Cota 905’ and ‘La Vega’ in western Caracas. “These criminal groups, by the way, have been armed, promoted and defended by the dictatorship itself. There is evidence of all of this, videos, photographs and events that for years the representatives of the dictatorship did to create armed groups that later took the path of violence.”
Mr. López specified that the armed gangs represent a defeat for the regime, which did not know how to deal with the situation. “Just as they were defeated in Apure when they faced the Dissent FARC, Nicolás Maduro has also been defeated by the armed groups that exist and have taken over the popular sectors in Caracas. To justify his defeat, Maduro always looks for an excuse.”
The Cry of a Father
Freddy Guevara Sr. assured that the Deputy for Voluntad Popular (VP) decided to take the risk and stay in Venezuela, within the framework of the negotiation process that is being carried out in the country with international support. “I confess to them that sometimes we felt safe and we thought they were not going to dare, ‘don’t be mortified, that’s not going to happen,’ that is what even Freddy thought.”
He maintained that Congressman Guevara knew the risks he was running, as well as his family. “But we respect his right, expressing his love for Venezuela, expressing his solidarity with President Guaidó.”
“He told me ‘Dad, but how am I going to leave Guaidó alone? How do I do it? I can’t.’ There are many people who are out fighting, but from Venezuela you have to set an example. It hurts me a lot that there are people who say that this is a show,” lamented the father of the young parliamentarian who spent three years as a refugee at the Chilean Embassy in Caracas.
Guevara’s father rejected that the regime wants to condemn all democratic dissidents as terrorists. “Here everyone is a traitor to the country and we have all been accused of these crimes, you see that all those who have been arrested have the same charges.”
Freddy Guevara Sr. asked not to forget the political prisoners of Venezuela, especially the international community. He also thanked the solidarity received on the forced disappearance of his son. “You are the only ones that Freddy has, you are the only ones who can help him and, of course, his family and the people from Voluntad Popular who accompany him.”
Persecution of Guaidó
Leopoldo López condemned the disproportionate and arbitrary actions of the regime against President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, who was surrounded by the repressive forces in the vicinity of his home, while he was in a vehicle together with his work team. “Thanks to the neighbors, the kidnapping of Guaidó was not completed.”
“I want to highlight the courage of Guaidó, Freddy Guevara and our VP brothers, who today are there showing their faces, with deep commitment to Venezuela and freedom, knowing that they too run the risk of being led into a dungeon of the regime,” he pointed out.
The VP leader emphasized that his party remains firm and in support of the proposal of the National Salvation Agreement proposed by Guaidó. “Despite all the attempts of the dictatorship to divide us, we stand firm.”
Furthermore, he said that Maduro does “everything possible” to have a political sector that opposes him according to his convenience. “As we saw yesterday in Miraflores, a group of people applauding Maduro like seals. That is the type of opposition that he wants, but here is VP and the true democrats who want freedom for Venezuela, supporting the agreement that allows us to dismiss this dictatorship through free elections and build the best Venezuela.
On his part, Emilio Graterón, VP political coordinator, praised the example, courage and humanity of Guevara expressed on July 12th in the midst of his persecution. “At that terrible moment, he ratified the message of Voluntad Popular to achieve change in Venezuela.”
He specified that two people from Guaidó and Guevara’s team were detained, which so far adds up to a total of 331 political prisoners. “This is a conspiracy of the regime and of those who kneel to it, and we saw them on all national networks (radio and TV), to destroy the leadership of Guaidó, Leopoldo López and Voluntad Popular.”