The United States began to punish Venezuela for the torture of opposition


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The US imposed sanctions against the Main Directorate of military counterintelligence (DGCIM) of Venezuela. This decision was made by the Ministry of Finance, according to Reuters.

The American side froze all assets directly or indirectly owned by the Agency. The sanctions are connected with the death of the captain of naval forces of Venezuela Rafael Acosta after he was a week in custody. The victim’s family, politicians and human rights activists have accused the Venezuelan authorities that they tortured a man to death.

“A politically motivated arrest and tragic death was unjustified and unacceptable,” — said the head of the U.S. Treasury Steven Mnuchin. He added that the Agency “seeks to put an end to the inhuman treatment of the regime [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro’s political opponents, innocent citizens and the military in an attempt to suppress dissent”.

Acosta died on the 29th of June, this was confirmed by the authorities. Man arrested for eight days for alleged involvement in the coup attempt. He was buried on 10 July, despite the protests of relatives, who wanted to conduct an independent autopsy.

Reuters specifies that exactly how Acosta died, is not explained. At the same time, the attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek Saab, said that two employees DGCIM was charged with murder in connection with the incident.

In June, the Minister of communication and information of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez said that the authorities prevented another attempt of a coup. Later Maduro said that all the participants of the attempted coup caught.

The situation in Venezuela escalated on 23 January, when, after mass protests Juan Guido proclaimed himself provisional President. USA, most EU and Latin American countries recognized him as the legitimate head of state. Russia and several other States have announced support for Maduro.

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