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Venezuelan gov't, opposition agree on medical peer review for Simonovis

According to Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, all attempts will be made on the way to reconciliation and to raise confidence

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Wednesday April 16, 2014  10:04 AM
On Tuesday evening, after a meeting at the Office of Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Arreaza, the executive director of Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) Ramón Guillermo Aveledo disclosed that the Venezuela government and the opposition had agreed on a medical peer review of the health condition of Iván Simonovis.

The ex-chief police officer, regarded as a political prisoner, is serving a 30-year sentence to prison for the events of April 11, 2002.

"On the way towards reconciliation and allowing for a positive, trustworthy atmosphere, by no means intended to forget or ignore anybody's pain or pretending that some Venezuelans are more important than some others, we have said that, in the case of Iván Simonovis, we will listen to the victims," Aveledo spelled out.

"We have also agreed on a medical peer review to ascertain the health condition of commissary Simonovis for this to state clearly and satisfy everybody and allow for some gracious measure with regard to him. Furthermore, as all of us can remember, commissary Simonovis is not alone. A number of police agents are imprisoned for that matter," he noted.

Aveledo explained that an amnesty law proposed by the opposition "has not been accepted for the time being." However, he stressed, "we will seek other means to discuss such issues, as they are important for the country."