Minister Varela: 58 people were killed in prison riot in Venezuela
Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Varela said there were 95 wounded, of whom 49 have been discharged
During a press conference held at the jail located in Lara state, northwest Venezuela, the official said that the prison, opened in 1999, was fully evicted for repairs. She added that the prison will be reopened as a medium and minimum-security prison.
The number of inmates in Uribana prison was 2,003 men and 132 women. Varela denied claims that the National Guard had opened fire at the facility.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.