Name: Eduard Reyes
Arbitrarily detained: October 26, 2016
Released: May 12, 2017
Place of confinement: Police Station of Poliaragua
Eduard was arbitrarily detained on October 26, 2016 after participating in the Toma de Venezuela, a demonstration that took place throughout the country. Eduard and other young students were arrested by police officers after the demonstration.
The thirteen young people arrested after exercising the right to a peaceful demonstration were charged with the crimes of public incitement, conspiracy, outrage and possession of explosive materials.
In November 2016, the youths were arbitrarily transferred to the prison of San Juan de los Morros, but were returned to the Maracay police station when they were not accepted by the inmates of that prison. At the end of that month, Eduard’s mother asked the apostolic nuncio to intercede to obtain the freedom of her son, a request that she made together with other mothers of detainees.
His case was brought by the Fifth Court of Control of the state of Aragua. On May 12, 2017, the 13 students arrested in the protest were released. They should never have been behind bars.