Betty Grossi

Name: Betty Grossi
Arbitrarily detained: August 17, 2015
Released: December 23, 2017
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Occupation: Teacher

Betty is a teacher, she taught at two schools in the city of Caracas. She has two children. As in the case of Andrea González, Betty was accused by the same cooperating patriot of participating in the alleged plot to assassinate the daughter of Deputy Diosdado Cabello. The crime that was charged was financing terrorism.

On December 4, 2015, along with other political prisoners held in El Helicoide, Betty began a hunger strike to demand her release and that of all political prisoners. After 13 days of hunger strike, and a meeting with the representative of the Apostolic Nuncio, they stopped the hunger strike.

Betty is also of Italian nationality. On December 13, 2017, about to serve two years as a political prisoner, Betty and other women detained in El Helicoide was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament, in recognition of her work for human rights and freedom.

Shortly after, on the eve of Christmas Eve, a measure taken by the National Constituent Assembly granted her freedom along with other political prisoners. All the beneficiaries of the measure had to appear before the Truth Commission of the ANC, on a radio and television network.

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