The suspicious death of a Venezuelan navy officer imprisoned for allegedly taking part in a coup attempt against Cuban puppet dictator Nicolas Maduro has raised questions about the involvement of Cuban agents in his torture.
National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted yesterday:
We denounce the senseless death of Captain Acosta Arevalo at the hands of the Maduro regime. Venezuela’s military counterintelligence agency (DGCIM) is responsible for his torture and death, along with its Cuban minders.
This news story is getting a lot of attention.
Here is Deutsche Welle’s report:
The United States and other countries in the Americas have accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of torturing and killing a dissident naval officer.
“The United States condemns the killing and torture” of Rafael Acosta Arevalo, the US State Department said. The officer “died in the custody of Maduro’s thugs,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
Acosta, who was arrested on terrorism charges on June 21, reportedly died in hospital on Saturday. Shortly before his death, he appeared in court with visible signs of torture.
The Lima Group, which includes 11 Latin American countries and Canada, called on the United Nations to investigate what they called his “assassination.” The bloc also criticized Venezuela’s history of arbitrary arrests and torture under President Nicolas Maduro.
The leader of the Venezuelan opposition and self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido, said the officer had been “brutally tortured” in what he described as an “abominable crime.”
The European Union also called for an independent probe. “His death cannot go unnoticed nor unpunished,” it said.
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Report from Marti Noticias stresses the Cuban angle HERE in Spanish
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