Gregory Sanabria

Name: Gregory Sanabria
Arbitrarily detained: October 7, 2014
Released: June 3, 2018
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Occupation: Student

Gregory was captured while he was participating in the 2014 demonstrations in the Táchira state. Governor José Vielma Mora accused him of being financed by Voluntad Popular to do “terrorism” and having links with former President Álvaro Uribe.

However, after 3 years of being accused of conspiracy for rebellion, the young man was not charged and his case was deferred several times. Initially, he was in the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service of El Rosal with common prisoners, but he was later transferred to El Helicoide.

The day he was captured in La Fría, Gregory was  victim of torture: he received electric shocks and officials of the Nicolás Maduro regime dunked him with cold water. In El Helicoide he was not allowed to receive visits from his lawyers.

In December 2016, Sanabria began a 13-day hunger strike along with other political prisoners, in the midst of the dialogue that was held between the government and the opposition at that time. They were punished with blows and bites and the photos of the attacks ended up being published on social media.

His mother had to emigrate to Colombia in October 2017 to be able to pay for all the expenses of the young university student. On June 3, 2018, Gregory was released by a “pacifying” measure of the National Constituent Assembly. Before leaving the dungeon, he was forced to appear before the Truth Commission.

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