Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) demanded this Tuesday that the Venezuelan Ombudsman’s Office activate the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, in the face of alleged abuses by police officers of university student John Álvarez, accused of the crimes of conspiracy and criminal association.
The legal coordinator of the NGO Provea, Marino Alvarado, said that the Ombudsman, Alfredo Ruiz, must activate said commission, and investigate whether officials of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) tortured the young man, as denounced by activists and the detainee’s lawyer. .
“The material authors and the leadership of the Bolivarian National Police must be investigated. It is possible that torture is a practice of that body and not an isolated act of officials, “said the activist through X (formerly Twitter).
In a video published by Provea on the social network, lawyer and union activist Eduardo Torres denounced that Álvarez was forced by agents to incriminate union leaders while they were recording him, and “he was beaten with a bat” and “with a bed mattress covered with covers so they don’t leave evidence”.
Torres, who requested the opening of an investigation, also denounced that the young man, who “identified names of officials,” suffered “electric shocks” to “knees, ribs, testicles.”
Faced with this complaint, the director of the NGO Access to Justice, Ali Daniels, also demanded, through X, that the Ombudsman’s Office activate the commission against torture.
Álvarez was arrested last Wednesday in Caracas by officials of the PNB’s Directorate of Strategic and Tactical Actions (DAET), who took away the motorcycle he was traveling on, as well as his belongings, according to what his lawyer told EFE on Tuesday, Joel Garcia.
The lawyer assured that in the presentation hearing, held on Monday night, it was learned that Álvarez had “an arrest warrant from July 6, 2022 for the events for which the six unionists were convicted” who, recently, They were accused of the same crimes and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The NGO entry asks to activate a commission against torture in the face of alleged abuses of a Venezuelan student was first published in El Informador Venezuela.