CARACAS (Reuters) – The wife of a Venezuelan navy captain who died after being detained on conspiracy accusations said on Monday the United Nations should investigate the cause of his death, amid widespread accusations he was tortured to death.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro over the weekend confirmed the death of Rafael Acosta, who was detained for alleged participation in a coup plot, without providing details on the cause of death or commenting on the torture accusations.
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Acosta’s wife Waleswka Perez, human rights activists and political leaders have accused Maduro’s government of torturing Acosta to death and refusing to clarify the circumstances under which he died.
Perez demanded that the government hand over Acosta’s body and called for an independent U.N. investigation into the incident, which has been condemned by the United States as well as the Lima Group of Latin American nations.
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“I request international support for an independent forensic examination by the United Nations to determine the cause of death of the father of my children,” she wrote on Twitter.
Venezuela’s information ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
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