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The EU agrees to extend sanctions to seven Venezuelan intelligence agents for torture

September 25, 2019

BRUSSELS, Sep 25 (EUROPE PRESS) –

European governments have agreed at the ambassadorial level to extend the European Union sanctions to seven agents of the Venezuelan Intelligence services responsible for human rights violations and torture, a diplomatic source has informed Europa Press.

Acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, in mid-July, called on his European colleagues to impose EU sanctions on those responsible for “torture” and “tragic” deaths such as that of Corvette Captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo, who died in June under the custody of the Venezuelan authorities.

The permanent ambassadors of the member states before the European Union have agreed to impose sanctions on “seven agents of the Venezuelan Intelligence services” on Wednesday in response to “Borrell's request”, a decision that will be formalized by the Council a priori this Friday , has advanced a diplomatic source.

The Government of Donald Trump, which already sanctioned the General Directorate of Venezuelan Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) in July for the death of Captain Acosta and has imposed economic sanctions on Caracas, has been pressing the block for months to raise the pressure on the regime of Nicolás Maduro With more penalties.

To date, a total of 18 senior Venezuelan political and military officials, including Diosdado Cabello, as well as vice presidents Tareck El Aissami and Delcy Rodríguez, the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, and the president of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, Maikel Moreno, They have been sanctioned by the EU in two rounds. Its assets under European jurisdiction are frozen and prohibited from entering the EU.

The Twenty-eight imposed in November 2017 an embargo on weapons and equipment that can be used for repression or surveillance and approved the legal basis to freeze the assets of individuals, companies and organizations responsible for serious violations or abuses of Human Rights, of the repression of civil society and the opposition or undermine democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela or people, companies and organizations associated with them. The sanctions have been extended, one more year, until November 14, 2019.