Released

Gilber Caro

Name: Gilber Caro
Arbitrarily detained: January 11, 2017
Released: June 3, 2018
Place of confinement: Penitentiary Community “El Fénix”
Occupation: Deputy of the National Assembly

Gilber Caro, substitue deputy of the National Assembly, was arbitrarily detained on January 11, 2017, in violation of his parliamentary immunity. The presentation hearing was held before a military court 4 months and 20 days after his arrest. He was accused of treason crimes and subtraction of effects of the Armed Forces.

During his detention, Deputy Caro was the victim of human rights violations, ill-treatment, isolation for prolonged periods and lack of medical attention. He lost around 20 kilos, and the regime violated his right to the natural judge. Gilber denounced in his presentation hearing that he was receiving only one food a day.

On September 11, 2017, he began a hunger strike in order to demand a transfer to a better place of detention, a strike that he interrupted on the ninth day due to a collapse in his health. His lawyer Theresly Malavé indicated that “due to the syncope the parliamentarian got to twist his arms” and she denounced that, after giving him the first aid, the authorities of the jail “put him in a dark room for four days without being able to bathe, without light, with a huge desperation”.

On March 4, 2018, various spokesmen from civil organizations and political parties reported that Gilber had been missing for more than 48 hours, without his family or lawyers knowing where he was. The UN High Commissioner spoke out, demanding to know the whereabouts of the deputy.

On March 6, Minister Iris Varela confirmed that Gilber had been transferred from Carabobo to the “El Fénix” Penitentiary Community, in Lara State, for a supposed flight plan. “It turns out that he was planning a flight with five inmates, I took it out and transferred him to the Fénix de Lara”, the minister said.

Gilber wrote several public letters demanding his transfer to Ramo Verde, along with other political prisoners. However, his request was not heard. Several human rights organizations, parliamentarians from different countries and personalities demanded his freedom.

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