Name: Alberto Marulanda
Arbitrarily detained: May 20, 2018
Place of confinement: Ramo Verde
Dr. Alberto Marulanda is a graduate of the Central University of Venezuela. At the time he was arrested by the regime of Nicolás Maduro, he worked as a traumatologist at the University Hospital of Caracas, with greater emphasis in hand surgery.
Officials of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) detained him without an arrest warrant while having breakfast in a restaurant in El Hatillo, on May 20, 2018. During a presidential elections ignored for most of the democratic world, the doctor Marulanda was provisionally held at the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) in Boleíta.
Marulanda spent four days kidnapped in Boleíta before being presented before the courts. Despite his civil status, a military judge accused him of the crimes of instigating hatred and treason. He did not even have the opportunity to defend himself, because he was only allowed to enter the courthouse through the back door.
According to Foro Penal, Alberto Marulanda is behind bars for maintaining a relationship with an officer of the National Navy. Presumably, the doctor’s partner would be linked in a plan to overthrow Nicolás Maduro. However, when she disappeared from the Dgcim radar, they imprisoned the traumatologist instead.
Currently, Dr. Marulanda remains in the military prison of Ramo Verde. He has been a victim of torture: he’s deaf in his right ear because of a beating he received from Dgcim officials. At the time of his presentation, he also showed signs of violence on his hands. It is unknown when his next hearing will be.