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Justice condemns opponent and 14 others for alleged attack against Maduro

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Faixa com mensagem pedindo liberdade para Juan Requesens no Palácio Federal Legislativo da Venezuela, em Caracas

Banner with message asking for freedom for Juan Requesens in the Federal Legislative Palace of Venezuela, in Caracas| Photo: EFE/Rayner Peña

Former Venezuelan deputy Juan Requesens, opponent of Nicolás Maduro and who was already in detention , was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of conspiracy for involvement in an alleged attack against the dictator in Caracas in August.

The information was disclosed on Twitter by Requesens’ lawyer, Joel García, who denounced arbitrariness in the process. “The Public Ministry was unable to prove Juan Requesens’ responsibility in any of the seven crimes for which he was accused. The judge has no way of convicting him and he should have been acquitted, but our Justice is hijacked”, he criticized.

During a military parade four years ago, two drones exploded. Seven national guards were injured, but Maduro was not injured.

The lawyer specializing in human rights Tamara Suju reported that others 08 defendants, both civilian and military, were also sentenced to sentences ranging from five to

years in prison.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, considered the de facto president of Venezuela for Brazil, the United States and other countries, pointed out on Twitter that the trial had a political character.

“Juan Requesens is a deputy of the National Assembly, defender of democracy, friend, father, son and a Venezuelan who will never give up on your convictions. The dictatorship kidnapped him and kept him deprived of his freedom as a mechanism for the persecution of an entire society that resists,” he wrote.

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