This Tuesday, April 26th, it is four years since the murder of the young Venezuelan Juan Pernalete, when a tear gas bomb shot against his chest point blank hit him during the protests against the regime.
The First Lady of Venezuela, Fabiana Rosales, recalled the event and assured that Venezuela and his family demand justice in the face of the painful loss that saddens a country that demands freedom and democracy.
“Four years ago with a tear gas canister the dictatorship murdered Juan Pernalete, a young Venezuelan student who came out to demand freedom (…) a fact that mourns the nation,” she said through his Twitter account.
For his part, the Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims, Humberto Prado, urged the competent bodies in the case to carry out an investigation of the event in a transparent manner, after the complaints from family members who they say have become a mockery.
“The case of Juan Pablo Pernalete has had 15 prosecutors in these four years. The 62nd national Prosecutor, Leddysalha Guillén, charged nine national guards with the crime of pre-intentional homicide (beyond the purpose) in a corresponding degree of responsibility,” Mr. Prado informed.
Prado stressed that his office has documented the case and sent the information to the competent authorities in order to achieve justice.
“We send all our support to the family members and especially to his parents, José Gregorio and Elvira Pernalete, who tirelessly continue to raise their voices so that justice is done in the case of their son,” he concluded.