Alexander Tirado

Name: Alexander Tirado
Arbitrarily detained: March 21, 2014
Released: June 3, 2018
Place of confinement: Tocuyito prison
Occupation: Student leader

He was arbitrarily detained on March 21, 2014 in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, while participating in a human chain as a form of peaceful protest. On the same day, the student leader Raúl Emilio Baduel was also arbitrarily arrested.

During his detention, Alexander, known as “El Gato de Aragua”, was held in several prisons. While he was held in the prison of Uribana in the state of Lara, he was tortured and subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, for which his lawyers requested the transfer to another prison and on November 29, 2014 he was transferred to jail of Tocuyito, Carabobo state. Later, he was transferred to the penitentiary on 26 de Julio in the Guárico state. From there he was detained in the Cerra Penitentiary in the state of Aragua until January 25, 2018, when without any court order was transferred to the jail of Tocuyito, where, as reported by his lawyers and relatives, his life was in danger.

On February 14, 2018, the deputy Adriana Pichardo denounced that Tirado was kidnapped as a hostage by common prisoners who took the Tocuyito prison, putting his physical integrity at risk. The irregular situation was also denounced by his defense attorney, Theresly Malavé, who after the fact introduced again before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) a document exhorting the president of the Criminal Cassation Chamber, Maikel Moreno, to rule on the appeal of appeal filed before the Judiciary almost two years ago.

“On January 25, 2018 I made the last revision and consigned diligence in which it is requested to speed up the proceedings, by virtue of the delay that the Criminal Chamber has incurred in issuing the corresponding ruling. It has been a year and a half since we filed the appeal and has not been resolved, thus violating the right to defense, due process”, said the defense attorney in the document reported.

On March 5, 2015, the Second Judge of Aragua, Iris Araujo Francés, sentenced Alexander to 8 years in prison for the crimes of avenging and public intimidation with explosive devices and instigation to commit a crime. However, Alexander was released on June 3 as part of an ANC measure that also benefited other political prisoners. He should never have been behind bars.

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