Name: Andrés Thompson
Arbitrarily detained: May 2, 2014
Place of confinement: La Pica prison
Occupation: Captain of the Venezuelan Air Force (VAF)
Andrés Thompson was arrested on May 2, 2014 in Maracay, Aragua state, along with other officers for supposedly planning a coup against the Venezuelan government. This coup was known as “Blue Strike”, since the defendants were mostly aviation officers. They allegedly intended to use a Tucano aircraft to attack several government headquarters.
Andrés graduated from the School of Military Aviation in 2003. At the time of his arrest, he was serving as Commander of the Primary Squadron No. 141 of the Air Training Group No. 14.
The officers involved in this same case are: Aviation General Oswaldo Hernández, retired Colonel (Ej) José Gregorio Delgado, Lieutenant Colonel Ruperto Chiquinquirá Sánchez, Major (Av) Víctor José Ascanio, Major (Av) Cesar Orta Santamaría, Captain ( Av) Andrés Thomson Martínez. Captain Neri Córdoba Moreno (Av.), captain Laided Salazar de Zerpa (Av), captain (r) of the National Guard Juan Carlos Nieto Quintero and captain of Corvette José Acacio Moreno.
On May 5, 2015, the Permanent Council of War in Caracas sentenced Andrés Thomson to 8 years and 7 months in prison for the crimes of instigation of rebellion and against military decency. Cristina Martínez, mother of Thomson, said that during 21 hearings, the military prosecutor, represented by Major Rubén Madriz, Cap. Salvador Alu and Cap. Jesús García, promoted around 96 witnesses, and none of them proved that these arrested and convicted officers participated in any type of crime, much less those who were condemned.
“They presented 4 witnesses ‘stars’ whose reputation and career left a lot to be desired and also committed perjury in their statements. However, they word apparently was worth more than that of these 9 officers whose military resume has been faultless”, she said.
Andrés, like all political prisoners, is innocent.
If you want to support Andrés use the hashtag #AndrésEsInocente #LiberenATODOSPososPolíticos