Luis de la Sotta, the Peruvian-Venezuelan soldier, who has been a political prisoner since 2017
The Venezuelan opposition, headed by Juan Guaidó, demanded this Saturday from the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro a “life certificate” of the Venezuelan military Luis de la Sotta, considered a political prisoner, as they assure that he is “confined” in a cell and subjected to “cruel and inhuman treatment”.
“Navy captain Luis de la Sotta has been confined for seven days in a 2×2 cell (two meters wide/two meters long) in the DGCIM (General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence), they prohibited his legitimate right to see his lawyer and continue to subject him to cruel and inhuman treatment, we demand proof of the captain’s life,” denounced the leader Luis Somaza on his Twitter account.
For his part, the also opposition Eduardo Battistini assured, on the same social network, that it is a complaint made by relatives of the military man and his lawyers and described the situation as “a clear continued violation of human rights” of the private of the freedom.
“Today in Venezuela there are more than 300 political, civil and military prisoners who remain in the dungeons of the regime for defending freedom and democracy. We reiterate to the democratic world that in our country the situation is not a matter of ideologies but a matter of human rights”, said the leader.
#Venezuela. Complaint. Political Prisoner Cap/Nav Luis de la Sotta has been confined for 7 days in a 2×2 cell in #DGCIM Strong Tiuna. His lawyer couldn’t see him. The appointed Vice Minister of Penitentiary Centers G/D Octavio Gomez and G/B Ibrahim Sirgo are responsible#FeDeVida pic.twitter.com/dSLonUY6yo
— Tamara Suju (@TAMARA_SUJU) July 22, 2022
For her part, Molly De La Sotta, sister of the detainee, detailed to the portal We monitor that “visits are not allowed” and that the situation is like “being locked in a closet without going out to the sun, without visits from lawyers, without phone calls to the family.” As he explained, before family visits were allowed from Friday to Sunday, and lawyers between Thursday and Monday, but the DGCIM authorities changed the rules without prior notice.
De la Sotta, who also has Peruvian nationality, was arrested and charged in an alleged conspiracy case in 2017.
In July 2019, the Parliament, then with an opposition majority, denounced the “forced disappearance” of four people considered “political prisoners”, one of whom was a soldier.
The general coordinator of the NGO Justicia, Encuentro y Perdón (JEP), Martha Tineo, reported this Friday: “In Venezuela, as of today, there are 316 political prisoners, of which 23 are women. Of these 23 women, according to our records, five have been sentenced and the rest remain in judicial proceedings in which it has not been possible to establish their responsibility for the commission of any crime or punishable act, that is, in some cases we could speak of advance convictions.
Of the 23 women detained, 16 are civilians, 6 are officials of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and one belonged to a police force, always according to JEP, which since Thursday has promoted a campaign on social networks to make the cases visible. . The “political prisoners”, according to the NGO, are “held in the headquarters of various intelligence services, common and military prisons.”
(With information from EFE)
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