The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions towards Venezuela’s navy counter-intelligence company pursuing the demise in custody of a Venezuelan navy captain amid allegations of torture.
The U.S. Treasury explained it would freeze all belongings specifically or indirectly owned by the Common Directorate of Navy Counter-intelligence (DGCIM).
President Nicolas Maduro’s authorities confirmed the loss of life on June 29 of Rafael Acosta, who was arrested 8 days previously for alleged participation in a coup plot.
Human legal rights organizations and political leaders have accused Maduro’s federal government of torturing Acosta to dying and refusing to clarify the circumstances.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported in a statement that the “politically inspired arrest and tragic loss of life” of Rafael Acosta was “unwarranted and unacceptable.”
“Treasury is committed to ending the former Maduro regime’s inhumane treatment method of political opponents, innocent civilians and users of the armed forces in an energy to suppress dissent,” he added.
The Venezuelan authorities buried Acosta’s remains on Wednesday inspite of opposition from his spouse and children, who want an impartial autopsy.
Venezuela’s main prosecutor, Tarek Saab, has stated two officials doing the job for DGCIM have been charged with murder in Acosta’s death, with no describing how Acosta died.
Critics accused Maduro’s govt of arbitrary detentions and the systematic use of torture versus dissidents and military services officers.
Maduro says the U.S. seeks to swap him with a puppet government headed by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido amid an economic war against his socialist region.