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Chavez Jails 59 After Opposition Leader Escape

From the BBC:

Eduardo Lapi

Venezuela arrests over jailbreak

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Venezuelan police have arrested 59 people after a former state governor escaped from jail where he was waiting to be tried on corruption charges.

Eduardo Lapi – prominent opponent of President Hugo Chavez – had been in detention since May last year.

Police are investigating whether a cake laced with sedatives was smuggled into the prison to incapacitate guards.

Interpol and immigration authorities are on alert to prevent the former governor of Yaracuy state from fleeing

The fugitive made his break from San Felipe Judicial Detention Centre by climbing through an air conditioning duct, according to a report from Venezuelan TV station Globovision.

Prison guards were believed to have been bribed to help Mr Lapi’s escape, Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno said.

At least 11 of those detained are employees at the penitentiary, officials say.

Mr Lapi’s lawyer, Alejandro Arzola, said the politician’s human rights had been violated as he had been held without a hearing for nearly a year

Funny, I don’t even remember hearing about the arrest of one of the leaders of the opposition party. Let alone any outrage over the violation of his human rights.

I wonder why that is?

Interpol and immigration authorities are on alert to prevent the former governor of Yaracuy state from fleeing.

Interpol?

Why are they helping this dictator?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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