CARACAS, Thursday September 02, 2010 | Update
A group of politicians and experts participated in a meeting on security convened by the Institute for Research on Coexistence and Citizen Security, (Incosec) (Photo: Vicente Correale)
In 1998, approximately 110 suspects were arrested in Venezuela for every 100 murders. In contrast, in the last three years, only 9 suspects have been arrested for every 100 murders.
These figures about impunity in Venezuela were released on Wednesday by Roberto Briceño León, director of the NGO Observatorio Venezolano de la Violencia (Venezuelan Observatory of Violence).
In the framework of a meeting on security convened by the Institute for Research on Coexistence and Citizen Security (Incosec), Briceño León said that "today, 91 percent of murderers are free, and they were not even arrested as suspects." Based on data issued by the Scientific, Penal and Criminology Investigation Police Agency (Cicpc) and his own projections, the researcher said that between 1998 and 2009, there have been 123,091 murders and only 23,046 people have been arrested as suspects.
Leopoldo López, the leader of opposition movement Voluntad Popular (People's Will), participated in the meeting. Among other things, he said that society should provide "maximum attention" to youths in slums.
Pedro Pablo Peñaloza