Efraín Ortega

Name: Efraín Ortega
Arbitrarily detained: July 24, 2014
Released: October 6, 2017
Place of confinement: El Rodeo II
Occupation: Business Administrator

“He’s innocent, I’m not going to get tired. I’m going to get it out of there, they’re going to pay for it”. Those were the words that Mariana Ortega, Efraín’s sister, repeated for more than three years so as not to give up. Ambushed by officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) when leaving a hardware store on July 24, 2014, he was at risk of death from thrombosis, hypertension, hepatitis C, kidney colic and cysts in the kidneys, all health complications arising of the tortures and unhealthy conditions to which he was subjected.

A court charged him with terrorism with his friend Araminta Gonzales, but was later put on trial for making explosives and conspiracy to commit a crime. In the dungeons of Cicpc he was beaten blindfolded and tortured with electricity. He spent long periods of sleep standing or crouching for lack of space and was bathed by a loose pipe of sewage.

His sister reported that on occasion, they fed him with rotten food. His transfer to Rodeo II did not improve his health and a doctor said he could die if he did not receive the proper care. Finally, on October 6, 2017, he was released.

Years of torture and ill treatment did not break Efraín’s will. “Let’s go ahead, boys,” were his first words when he was released. On December 23, 2017, he was able to undergo surgery for the thrombosis in his right leg.

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