Name: Hebert Ramírez
Arbitrarily detained: May 23, 2018
Place of confinement: The Helicoid
Occupation: Resistance activist
On May 23, 2018, Hebert Ramírez was arrested by officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) without an arrest warrant a few meters from his home, while he was heading to a rally in the Plaza Alfredo Sadel in La Mercedes. The men who arrested him took the keys of his mother’s house, Aura García, and showed up in the house without a search warrant, stealing electrical devices and valuables.
Shortly after his apprehension, it was known through the Criminal Forum that the young man was presented before the 30th Court of Control of Caracas. Without evidence, he was charged together with the resistance activist Jorman Ortiz for the crimes of instigating hatred, possession of explosive devices and bundling.
His relatives reported his disappearance during the first days of his detention, since Hebert was not allowed to communicate with them or with his trusted lawyer. The Court imposed a public defender who, in agreement with his relatives, does not comply with his defense work.
More than six months after his arrest, Hebert continues to suffer vexations from the Venezuelan regime. Among the tortures he has suffered, there’s electric shocks through the tongue to force him to testify. The young man is the father of a 7-year-old boy.