Name: Reggie Andrade
Arbitrarily detained: June 22, 2016
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Occupation: Polichacao official
Reggie Andrade was arrested along with 13 other officers of the Chacao Police on June 22, 2016. They were accused, without evidence, of being involved in the murder of journalist Ricardo Durán. He is charged with participation charges as a facilitator in qualified homicide with treachery and coercion.
On January 20, 2016, a shot in the windpipe ended the life of Ricardo Durán, while moving towards his vehicle. On July 20 of that same year, the director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), Gustavo Gonzáles López, informed that 14 Polichacao officials would be imputed as the perpetrators of the homicide, by linking them to the firearm used in the murder.
When the police went to the Lopez office voluntarily, they were arrested. On August 8, 2016, the release of Reggie and the rest of the officers was ordered, finding no connection between them and the murder weapon. However, the Sebin alleged not having received the release order, so they remained in El Helicoide.
Reggie has been victim of torture. He has been deprived on several occasions of the possibility of seeing his family and lawyers. He has also been beaten by officials who keep him in El Helicoide.
Despite having a release card, Reggie continues behind bars. He’s innocent.