Fifteen days after the kidnapping of Deputy Freddy Guevara by Maduro’s regime, the Special Commission for Justice and Peace delivered a statement where it condemns the violation of the Deputy’s rights and the disrespect for due process.
Here is the full statement:
Prison, political persecution, torture and the commission of crimes against humanity is characteristic of the Venezuelan regime. Political dissidence is constantly persecuted, human rights defenders and activists, journalists and parliamentarians, do not escape from this reality.
Fifteen days have passed since the regime kidnapped Congressman Freddy Guevara without having any proof to justify his arrest, therefore it is illegal.
During these 15 days, Guevara’s right to due process has been violated, he was arbitrarily intercepted in the middle of a highway by represive bodies that did not present an arrest warrant, they kept him missing for more than 48 hours and later he was presented in a court (at midnight), where he was charged with the crimes of treason, criminal association, attack against the constitutional order and terrorism. In addition, neither his family nor his lawyers have been able to communicate with him.
Deputy Guevara is innocent and does not deserve to spend another second in the ‘Helicoide’, or in any other detention and torture center. We demand immediate freedom for him and all political prisoners.