Humberto Yosuino

Name: Humberto Yosuino
Arbitrarily detained: January 4, 2016
Released: December 24, 2017
Place of confinement: Sebin-Pto. Ayacucho
Occupation: Professor

Humberto is one of the leaders of the indigenous Currupaco people and supervisor of the education secretary of the Amazonas government. He was arrested by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) on January 4, 2016, amid a wave of persecution in the region due to the election results of December 6, 2015.

The first days of his detention were spent in El Helicoide in Caracas, far from his relatives and friends. A court accused him of sabotage to computer programs, public instigation, corruption and association to commit a crime. Then he was transferred to the Sebin headquarters located in Puerto Ayacucho.

His relatives and the defense denounced that the arbitrary detention of Humberto violated the Organic Law of Indigenous Peoples and Communities. Other local leaders were also subjected to harassment.

On December 24, 2017, after almost two years behind bars, the indigenous leader was released. Olnar Ortíz, lawyer of Foro Penal in the state of Amazonas, said about his case: “The reason why Yosuino spent almost two years in prison is unknown.”

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