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Amnesty condemns the torture of Venezuelan military officer Rafael Acosta, who died in custody in 2019

September 4, 2020

Amnesty International has considered it proven that the Venezuelan military officer Rafael Acosta, who died in late June 2019 in the care of counterintelligence, “disappeared, tortured and died in front of a judge”, not in a hospital, as the Chavist authorities have since claimed to have. .

From the outset, the family denounced that the retired captain had been tortured by Venezuelan agents, a hypothesis that Amnesty has confirmed after analyzing 550 pages of criminal records opened against two members of the Bolivian National Guard (GNB).

The NGO believes Acosta was the victim of a disappearance on June 21, 2019, which lasted until June 26, the day the authorities confirmed the arrest. Two days later, Chavista officials took him to a hospital and hours later, Acosta appeared dying before a judge.

Amnesty condemns the torture of Venezuelan military officer Rafael Acosta, who died in custody in 2019Amnesty condemns the torture of Venezuelan military officer Rafael Acosta, who died in custody in 2019

According to the Amnesty International report, the soldier died without medical assistance in the room where the hearing was convened. Authorities claimed last year that the detainee died in Vicente Salias Military Hospital.

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