Jeremy Bastardo

Name: Jeremy Bastardo
Arbitrarily detained: May 18, 2016
Released: June 14, 2018
Place of confinement: El Rodeo II
Occupation: Student

On May 18, 2016, a nationwide protest was held to demand a recall referendum against Nicolás Maduro. Jeremy Bastardo Lugo, 18 years old, was one of the young people who participated in the peaceful convocation. In this context, he became a political prisoner: several men in civilian clothes kidnapped him and took him to a headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin).

According to what he said in his trial days later, he was subjected to torture. The officers brutally beat him, threatened to rape him with a stick and kill him with a firearm, to force him to record a video blaming opposition leaders of violent acts during the protests.

“I said what they wanted so that they would not rape me with the stick,” said the student. He also reported that he was given electric shocks, beaten with a bat and told to sexually abuse his girlfriend.

Under these conditions, a court impeached Jeremy for the crimes of aggravated homicide to the degree of frustration, confinement and property damage. He was held in the Uribana prison in Lara state, until he was transferred to Rodeo II.

Finally, on June 14, 2018, Jeremy was released for a policy of “pacification” of the National Constituent Assembly. The political prisoners benefited by the measure have received alternative measures that still restrict their freedom.

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