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Jailed former Venezuelan minister dies of COVID-19

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CARACAS, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Former Venezuelan Defense Minister and retired basic Raul Baduel, thought of a political prisoner by the opposition, has died after contracting coronavirus, the legal professional basic mentioned on Tuesday.

Baduel was arrested in 2009 on corruption expenses after falling out with the Socialist Party, finally positioned on home arrest after which re-jailed in 2017 for allegedly conspiring in opposition to Maduro.

“We regret the death of Raul Isaias Baduel from cardiac-respiratory failure, the product of COVID-19, though he was receiving the corresponding medical care and had gotten the first dose of the vaccine,” legal professional basic Tarek Saab mentioned in a Twitter put up.

Saab didn’t specify whether or not Baduel was hospitalized or in jail when he died. He had been held at a Sebin intelligence police web site.

Human rights teams blamed the federal government for his dying.

“With the death of Raul Isaias Baduel there are ten political prisoners who have died in custody,” activist Gonzalo Himiob mentioned on Twitter. “The responsibility for the life and health of any prisoner falls on the state.”

Last 12 months Baduel’s daughter instructed Reuters he had not but been tried on the second tranche of accusations in opposition to him and that his attorneys had been unable to entry his case file.

Reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Stephen Coates

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