Venezuela says jailed lawmaker takes own life; opposition says he was murdered
What happened on Monday in Venezuela appears to have come right out of the pages of the book, “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” ….whose story are you going to believe?
Is this event going to be the spark that initiates another ‘regime change” in Venezuela?
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Venezuela’s government said on Monday that a jailed opposition lawmaker killed himself by jumping from the 10th floor of the state intelligence agency headquarters (SEBIN) where he was being held, but his party said he was murdered by the government.
Municipal lawmaker Fernando Alban, 56, was jailed last Friday for alleged involvement in the explosion of two drones during a military parade in August that was led by President Nicolas Maduro, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said.
“At the moment he was going to be transported to court, while he was in the SEBIN waiting room, he jumped from the window of the building and fell, causing his death,” Reverol wrote in a post on Twitter.
That account differed from the one by Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab, who said in televised statements that Alban had asked to use a bathroom and jumped from there.
The opposition First Justice party, for which Alban was a Caracas municipal counselor, said he was murdered.
“With great pain and thirst for justice we tell the people of Venezuela … that Councilman Fernando Alban was murdered at the hands of the regime of Nicolas Maduro,” the party said.
First Justice’s national coordinator, Julio Borges, said Alban’s lifeless body was thrown from the SEBIN’s headquarters on Caracas’ Plaza Venezuela. He did not provide any evidence and did he say what led him to believe that Alban was killed.
Alban’s lawyer, Joel Garcia, told reporters that when he last saw Alban on Sunday “he was not beaten, he was fine.” He said Alban told him that he had been interrogated but not tortured.
The Organization of American States (OAS) condemned Alban’s death.
“Direct responsibility of a regime that tortures and murders. This criminal dictatorship must go now from Venezuela,” OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said on Twitter.
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