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A Venezuelan court postponed for the twelfth time the preliminary hearing of the three Fundaredes activists


Javier Tarazona was arrested when he was leaving the headquarters of the Prosecutor’s Office in Coro

A court of the Nicolás Maduro regime, postponed this Thursday, for the twelfth time, the preliminary hearing of the three activists of the NGO Fundaredes detained in July, Omar García, Rafael Tarazona, conditionally released in October, and Javier Tarazona, who remains in prison.

“Today the preliminary hearing of Javier Tarazona is suspended again – already 12 times”, reported the president of the NGO Foro Penal, Alfredo Romero, in a tweet accompanied by a video in which Gonzalo Himiob, director of the same organization, appears flanked by the two released activists, whose first phase of the trial was also postponed.

The activists, known for denouncing the conflict between the Venezuelan Armed Forces and FARC dissidents in a border area with Colombia, They were arrested on July 2 when they went to the Coro Prosecutor’s Office, Falcón state capital, to denounce that they were being victims of harassment and persecution by officials of the State security forces.

The agents who, according to their complaint, were persecuting them belong to the Police and the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin), as well as other unidentified subjects, then denounced Fundaredes.

A Venezuelan court postponed for the twelfth time the preliminary hearing of the three Fundaredes activists
The president of the NGO Foro Penal, Alfredo Romero

On October 26, Rafael Tarazona and Omar García were released under a precautionary measure that requires them to appear in court every eight days, as Romero reported at that time, while Javier Tarazona is being held in Helicoide, a Sebin detention center, in Caracas.

Himiob explained, in the video in which he appears with the two liberated activists, that although everything was ready for the hearing, Sebin officials did not transfer Javier Tarazona to court.

“The court was ready, the Prosecutor’s Office was present, even the attorney for the alleged victim was present, but unfortunately, Sebin did not comply with its obligation to transfer Javier Tarazona to the courts and therefore (…) the hearing could not be held “Himiob indicated.

Activists they were accused by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of terrorism, incitement to hatred and “treason against the fatherland”. Fundaredes and other Venezuelan organizations have repeatedly demanded the release of Tarazona, whom they defend as innocent of these accusations.

The NGO of Venezuela Fundaredes accounted for 60 homicides, 27 disappearances or kidnappings and 16 cases of armed confrontations during the month of October in six of the eight border states that the country has, with its neighbors Colombia and Brazil, the organization reported on Tuesday.

The data, collected in the report “Violence Curve”, Were collected in the states Amazonas, Apure, Bolívar, Falcón, Táchira and Zulia for the report, according to a press release from Fundaredes sent at the beginning of November.

(With information from EFE)

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