The death of the captain of corvette Rafael Acosta Arévalo, when he was arrested and custody of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, unleashed new convictions on Sunday inside and outside Venezuela against the president, amid denunciations of the “murder” of the soldier.
The countries that are part of the Lima Group condemned the death of Acosta Arévalo, which they described as “murder”, while repudiating “the continuous practices of arbitrary detention and torture that the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro subjected to those who consider your opponents.
” In the same way, the organization Venezuelan Persecuted Politicians in Exile (Veppex) condemned from Miami the “murder” of the military man, who was accused by the Maduro government of planning a coup d’état and assassination.
Also today, the parliament, with an opposition majority, reported that it will ask the UN and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to independently investigate the death, which it did not hesitate to classify as “murder”.
Through a statement from the internal policy committee, the Legislature announced that it will request these agencies “immediately” the use of an international forensic team to determine the causes of the death of the corvette captain, which occurred during the early hours of Saturday .
Likewise, the Parliament will ask the UN and the ICC to demand life expectancy from those considered Venezuelan “political prisoners” and to investigate “with urgency and impartiality” the alleged cases of torture and disappearances within the Armed Forces, whose leaders they declare themselves “chavistas and anti-imperialists” in public.
The reaction of the Parliament occurs less than 24 hours after the death of Acosta Arévalo was confirmed and after the head of the Prosecutor’s Office, Tarek Saab – whom the opposition does not recognize – ensured that he opened an investigation “in response to the warrant” he made Maduro himself.
“We have rigorously advanced the first experts on this case and (it) guarantees an objective, independent and impartial investigation in full respect of the rule of law in force in Venezuela,” Saab said on Twitter.
Venezuela’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López, also reacted to the news and said in a statement that Acosta Arevalo “fainted” when he was presented before a military tribunal. “The judge ordered his immediate transfer to the Dr. Vicente Salias military hospital, where, despite receiving the proper attention, he died,” the official added in the document.