Court weighs humanitarian measure for ex chief police Simonovis
Lawyer José Luis Tamayo reported on a hearing slated for Thursday morning, to be attended by the forensic surgeon
Attorney José Luis Tamayo gave the news to El Universal. He said that based on the findings of the medical testing, the health condition of the former Security Secretary at Caracas Major Mayoralty is delicate.
"All of us are very excited about the decision to be made at the hearing. At the same time, we expect a positive answer because Simonovis needs an urgent treatment," Tamayo commented.
Tamayo explained that the bone density tests and magnetic resonance scanning found that the osteoporosis suffered by Simonovis "is very advanced" for lack of sun and vitamins.
The legal representative specified that the hearing would be held at 10:30 a.m. of Thursday; it will be attended by the forensic surgeon who assessed the report on the results of the 19 tests taken last November 12, 2012 at the Caracas Clinical Hospital.
Tamayo noted as well that on May 22, 2012, the police chief served a quarter of the total sentence of seven and a half years. Therefore, the convict is fit for an alternative measure.
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