Political Prisioners

Juan Requesens

Name: Juan Requesens

Arbitrarily detained: August 7, 2018

Place of confinement: El Helicoide

Occupation: Deputy of the National Assembly

Deputy Juan Requesens was with his sister, Rafaela, when they were ambushed in his residence in Caracas by fourteen officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin). Security cameras showed how both siblings were physically attacked by Sebin.

Although in the hours that followed the Sebin freed Rafaela Requesens, Juan was confined to El Helicoide dungeons. Arrested arbitrarily and without a prior search warrant, he’s accused by the Venezuelan regime of being implicated in the alleged attack against Nicolás Maduro, which took place a few days before the abduction of the deputy in an act with the National Guard.

On August 9, officials of the state agency raided the house of the deputy. His political organization, Primero Justicia, denounced that it was an attempt by the Venezuelan regime to sow false evidence to inculcate him. The next day, he was taken to court, without allowing him to have contact with his lawyers.

Cruel and inhumane treatment

The accusations and the kidnapping against Juan Requesens didn’t stop with the persecution and the flagrant violation of his parliamentary immunity. On August 10, Jorge Rodríguez showed a video of the deputy where he claimed that he had collaborated with the entry of the authors of the supposed attack against Nicolás Maduro.

In the video, the young parliamentarian linked Julio Borges in the alleged plan. NGO representatives rejected the material as evidence, since Juan recorded the video under threats by Sebin officials.

That same day, another video showed the deputy in his underwear and stained with excrement in one of the bathrooms of the Sebin, demonstrating the cruel and inhumane treatment to which he’s being subjected. A civic march held on August 10 repudiated the accusations against the Primero Justicia leaders and demanded not only the release of Requesens, but that of all political hostages who remain behind bars today.

Accusations without evidence

On August 15, a court charged him with the crimes of continued public instigation, treason, intentional homicide to the degree of frustration in the person of the President of the Republic, intentional homicide rated in degree of frustration against seven members of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, terrorism, association to commit a crime and possession of arms and ammunition. There is no evidence linking the parliamentarian with the accusations against him.

The deputy Juan Requesens has suffered a deliberate policy of isolation and procedural delay. On October 1, his mother, Paula Martínez, denounced that Sebin officials denied her the possibility of seeing her son and checking his health. His family and lawyers have not been able to see him since September 21.

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