Javier Tarazona, director of the NGO Fundaredes, was arrested on July 2, 2021 and is being prosecuted for ‘terrorism and incitement to hatred’
Relatives and lawyers of Javier Tarazona, activist detained in Venezuela after denouncing government links with illegal groups, they asked for his release this Friday (14) due to health problems. Tarazona, director of the NGO Fundaredes, was arrested on July 2, 2021 and is being prosecuted for “terrorism and incitement to hatred”. “Javier has high heart rate problems, high cardiac arrhythmia. He has problems with internal hemorrhoids, problems with grade II venous insufficiency, among other pathologies that put his life at risk and he can suffer a sudden death”, said the activist’s wife, Kenny Molina, in front of the Caracas Prosecutor’s Office, where he handed over a document requesting its release.
The activist is being held in El Helicoide, headquarters of the intelligence service. He was arrested along with two other members of the NGO, who were later released. The arrest came after a series of accusations linking the president’s government Nicholas Maduro FARC dissidents and ELN fighters, both from Colombia. Attorney General Tarek Saab accused Tarazona of spreading “defamation” to create “a matrix of negative international opinion”, compromising security and encouraging further sanctions against the country. According to the latest report by the NGO Foro Penal, there are 243 political prisoners in Venezuela.
*With information from AFP