Judge Afiuni taken to the Attorney General Office
"The reasons for the transfer are unknown," reads a message from the Judge's brother, Nelson Afiuni
"At this moment, Judge Afiuni is in the Attorney General Office, we do not know the reason for her transfer. Stay on the alert," the message reads.
For his part, Afiuni's attorney, José Amalio Graterol, labeled the event as "weird, abnormal." In his view, the action gives rise to speculation, because the access of her attorneys was banned.
"We do not know whether it is a new indictment or Dr. Afiuni was called to a private meeting with the public prosecutor who accused her," the lawyer explained.
Last Friday, November 23, journalist Francisco Olivares, the head of the section of investigative journalism at daily newspaper El Universal, released his work "Afiuni, La Presa del Comandante" (Afiuni: The Pray of the Commander). In the book, the magistrate confessed that she was sexually abused during her stay in jail.
Last Monday, Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz claimed that no complaint had been received at her office in this regard and she asked the Judge's defense attorneys to act accordingly in order to commence an investigation.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
At first she agreed that I use her real name, that she had no problems with that at all. After all, living with HIV had driven her to help others – as a workshop facilitator giving talks and conducting seminars, or as a volunteer for local AIDS Service Organizations like Acción Solidaria (Solidary Action) and Mujeres Unidas por la Salud (Women United for Health, or Musa), a support group network for HIV-positive women. But when we were well into the interview, the realization that she might lose her private health insurance coverage made her change her mind.