Renzo Prieto

Name: Renzo Prieto
Arbitrarily detained: May 10, 2014
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Released: June 3, 2018
Occupation: Deputy of the National Assembly

Renzo Prieto, substitute deputy of the National Assembly was arbitrarily detained since May 10, 2014 until June 3, 2018, when the National Constituent Assembly included him in the group of political prisoners released by that organism.

He was arrested by a mixed commission of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, National Police and Military Counterintelligence while he was walking down a street in the city of Caracas. The crimes he was accused of were obstruction of public road in a degree of complicity; association to commit crimes and illicit manufacture of weapons in the form of explosives in complicity. His hearing was deferred more than 30 times, violatin his right to due process.

Prieto was elected substitute deputy of the National Assembly in December 2015 and until Tuesday, June 5, 2018, he could not assume the position due to his arbitrary detention. At the time of his arrest, Renzo was a student in sports training at the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its 73rd session considered the arrest of Renzo Prieto as arbitrary and recommended that the Venezuelan government immediately release and carry out a full, comprehensive and adequate reparation for the damages and losses suffered. Several international organizations and international NGOs such as Amnesty International raised their voices demanding the immediate release of Deputy Renzo Prieto.

According to relatives and lawyers, Renzo was victim of torture and ill-treatment, unable to receive adequate medical attention. In December of the year 2015 Renzo with a group of political prisoners made 13 days of hunger strike demanding his release and that of all political prisoners.

In addition to reading and exercising, Renzo learned how to make crafts to help his family and to cover his expenses in jail. Renzo, like all political prisoners, should never have been behind bars.

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