Venezuela Political Prisoner Dies Of Covid
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Wed 13th October 2021 | 08:50 AM
Caracas, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Oct, 2021 ) :An army general who aligned with Venezuela's late Hugo Chavez but later broke ranks with the socialist strongman and spent years as a prominent political prisoner has died of Covid-19 while in custody, officials said Tuesday.
"We regret the death of Raul Isaias Baduel of cardiorespiratory arrest as a consequence of Covid-19," prosecutor general Tarek Saab posted on Twitter.
Baduel, 66, had received an initial Covid-19 vaccination and "was receiving appropriate medical care," Saab added.
The minister served almost eight years on corruption charges.
After his release in 2015, he was jailed again on charges of conspiracy against current President Nicolas Maduro.
"The responsibility for the life and health of any detainee rests with the state. Medical treatment is continuously required for prisoners," Himiob said on Twitter.
Two of Baduel's sons have also been arrested on allegations of conspiracy. One, Raul Emilio, is at large.
The other, Josnars Adolfo Baduel, was arrested for alleged participation in a failed maritime invasion in 2019 that sought to overthrow Maduro. He is still in custody.