Yecson Lozada

Name: Yecson Lozada

Arbitrarily detained: January 19, 2017

Place of confinement: Prison July 26

Occupation: Army Sergeant

Yecson served as Army’s first sergeant when he was arrested by officials of the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) on January 19, 2017. A court martial involved him in the “nameless coup”, a plan that allegedly sought to overthrow Nicolás Maduro.

According to the 1st Military Control Court of Caracas, Yecson and eight other military officers held a meeting on December 26, 2016 at the Poliaragua headquarters in Maracay. There, they allegedly planned an assault on the entity’s Sniper Company. General Raul Baduel would be involved in the plan.

Although there is no evidence against him, Yecson was charged with the crimes of treason and instigation of rebellion. Initially, he was incarcerated in Ramo Verde, but was later transferred without notice to the 26 de Julio prison in the Guárico state.

There, he shares a cell with common prisoners. On January 13, 2018, criminal inmates held a riot to demand their transfer to Tocorón. In the brawl, they took Yecson and other political prisoners as hostages, putting their lives at risk.

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