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Robert Escalona

Name: Robert Escalona

Arbitrarily detained: January 11, 2018

Place of confinement: Ramo Verde

Occupation: Lieutenant of the National Armed Forces (FAN)

Robert Escalona is one of seven soldiers detained between January 8 and 11, 2018, for his alleged relationship with former inspector Oscar Pérez. Officials of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) detained him arbitrarily. He spent the first days of his detention at the headquarters of that agency in Boleíta, where he suffered torture.

On January 19, 2018, he was presented before a military court. He was charged with the crimes of treason, military rebellion and theft of assets of the Armed Forces. Alonso Medina, one of the defense lawyers for those detained in the Oscar Pérez case, has repeatedly denounced that no link has been established between the captured military and the murdered former inspector.

On January 24, 2018, their relatives and lawyers reported cruel treatment and torture of the military detainees. Medina reported that they had inflammation in the ankles, wounds in the wrists, rupture of nose and blows in the abdominal area. “Torture seems to be systematic in the Dgcim,” he said.

Without any evidence linking him to the crimes of which he is accused, Robert remains unjustly detained in the military prison of Ramo Verde. He’s innocent.

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