Venezuela's Minister Varela: Afiuni's accounts are nothing but lies
"This lie, made up by Afiuni and her lawyer, aims at attacking INOF's inmates and workers," Venezuela's Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela said when interviewed by state-owned radio station Alba Ciudad
"All the story she has written, all the things she told her lawyer, are nothing but a bunch of lies (...) She dared to say that the president himself (Hugo Chávez) was fully aware of such abuses," the minister remarked in response to Afiuni's claims about having been raped during her stay in INOF.
Afiuni's accounts on what she went through in prison are described by journalist Francisco Olivares in his book: Afiuni, la presa del comandante (Afiuni: The Pray of the Commander).
"This lie, made up by Afiuni and her lawyer, aims at attacking INOF's inmates and workers," Varela said while being interviewed by state-owned radio station Alba Ciudad, AVN cited.
Since 2009, Judge Afiuni has been held in prison for releasing on probation entrepreneur Eligio Cedeño, who faced corruption charges.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.