In Venezuela, despite the pardon announced by President Nicolás Maduro, according to calculations by the NGO Foro Penal, there are still 333 political prisoners for 110 people. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan attorney general warns that the pardon will expire in the event of a relapse.
In addition, the director of the criminal forum, Alfredo Romero, analyzed the pardon list published in the Official Journal: “Only 53 of the 110 were people who were deprived of their liberty and who were considered political prisoners.”
In addition, it was stated that up to 24 of them “had already been released in spite of a pending trial”, while “6 were at full liberty and had no pending trial and 26 were investigated but not charged”.
“Only 13 percent of political prisoners before the pardon were released,” stressed Romero, emphasizing that there is no military among those pardoned, which underscores the “political nature” of this pardon.