Released

Victor Ugas

Name: Victor Ugas
Arbitrarily detained: October 15, 2014
Released: December 24, 2017
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Occupation: Student

Victor Hugas was studying the ninth semester of Social Communication at the Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, when officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) apprehended him without any type of arrest warrant. The young man was targeted by the government for having tweeted a photo of the corpse of the official leader Robert Serra in the morgue of Bello Monte.

A court indicted him for the crimes of undue revelation of data and computer espionage. On July 9, 2015, he was granted a release card that the Sebin refused to comply with and was later annulled. He was still in prison, despite having served a sentence of more than two years.

On July 9, 2017, Victor was operated on at the Hospital Militar de Caracas for appendicitis. While he was in recovery, he presented high blood pressure problems and an infection. On April 18 of that year, another release card had been issued by the eighth court of the Metropolitan Area: it was not obeyed either.

“They do not give me reasons, they just tell me that they are complying with orders from above”, denounced the mother of Victor. After more than three years in El Helicoide dungeons, Victor was released on Christmas Eve, in 2017. He was part of the group of political prisoners released by the National Constituent Assembly. He should never have been imprisoned.

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