Political Prisioners

Otoniel Guevara

Name: Otoniel Guevara

Arbitrarily detained: November 23, 2004

Place of confinement: The Helicoid

Occupation: Ex Commissioner of the old Disip

“I am deprived of freedom because I fell into the hands of my enemy and I was prosecuted and sentenced for the commission of a crime I did not commit.” With those words, Otoniel summarize almost 14 years of prison for political reasons.

He is a married man and father of six children, although he is more than 10 years old without sharing with his family in freedom thanks to the Chavista regime. He was linked to the murder of prosecutor Danilo Anderson and convicted, as was his brother, Rolando Guevara.
The arrest warrant against Otoniel was issued by the then judge of the 34th Court of First Instance in Criminal Matters, Maikel Moreno. Disip officials kidnapped him along with his brother on November 23, 2004 and then presented him before the courts, after simulating a ransom on November 26.
With the testimony of a witness who later declared himself a mitomaniac and evidence of procedural fraud set by the Public Ministry (at the confession of a prosecutor), Otoniel was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Anti-Terrorism Law was established for this case. Both Otoniel and Rolando and their cousin Juan Bautista were accused by nominal prosecutors and also condemned by nominal judges, using false witnesses known as “star witnesses.”

In 2011, the defense requested alternative sentencing measures. The request was not heard. Guevara is still held in the dungeons of El Helicoide, 13 years later.


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