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CARACAS, Monday April 29, 2013 | Update
 
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CONFLICT | His lawyer announced

Retired general remanded in custody for incitement to hatred

Attorney at law Guillermo Heredia said retired general Antonio Rivero will be in detention pending trial at the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin)

Former general Antonio Rivero has been on hunger strike ever since he was detained (File photo)
GABRIELA TURZI VEGAS |  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday April 29, 2013  05:18 PM
Guillermo Heredia, the defense lawyer of retired general Antonio Rivero, on Monday said that a judge ordered the detention pending trial of his client for alleged crimes committed in the aftermath of the Venezuelan presidential election held on April 14.

Heredia stressed that Rivero was detained pending trial even though the public prosecution produced no evidence showing that Rivero committed the crimes of incitement to hatred and association with criminal intent. A third charge –conspiracy- was dropped by the prosecutors.

Heredia explained that a video footage of Rivero was recorded while the former general was talking with a young man at Plaza Francia, north Caracas. "What is the crime? He chatted with a boy on April 15 in the afternoon," said Heredia outside the courtroom downtown Caracas.

Heredia added that Rivero will be in detention pending trial at the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin). Rivero has been on hunger strike ever since he was detained, and on Monday, through a letter read out by one of his brothers, Rivero announced that he would continue on hunger strike.

He explained that they are to challenge the ruling.

Finally, Heredia warned that in Venezuela "people are imprisoned for anything. Evidence is not necessary. Enforcement of the Organic Code on Criminal Procedure is not necessary."

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