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Venezuela: Benefits for Prisoners Announced for Friday

  • Jorge Rodriguez Venezuela's communication minister

    Jorge Rodriguez Venezuela's communication minister | Photo: EFE

Published 31 May 2018

The decision came after a meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and four opposition governors.

Venezuela's communication minister, Jorge Rodríguez, announced that as of this Friday, the process of providing benefits for those prosecuted for political violence will begin.

After a meeting between President Nicolás Maduro and four opposition governors, Rodríguez said that starting at noon this Friday, the aforementioned process would begin. 

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The official indicated that the Truth Commission, which is in charge of people belonging to political groupings involved in crimes, will be in charge of implementing the benefits for people currently under trial and those who already committed actions against the constitution.

He also explained that during the meeting with the regional governments two points were discussed, the first was to highlight governance and mutual recognition.

The second was the search for cooperation strategies in order to help meet the needs of the people, and also a request for the cessation of aggression and blockades against the Venezuelan people, in order to enable the purchase of goods.

For her part, the governor of the state Táchira, Laidy Goméz, said that as a result of the meeting held with the national chief executive in the next 24 hours, the release of jailed politicians will begin.

She added that they will be present at the time of the release to accompany those who will be set free while stressing that at the meeting they did not propose a selective release of jailed politicians.

Those jailed are behind bars for inciting political violence during the violent protests (guarimbas) of the years 2014 and 2017.

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