Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Secret military trials for hundreds of Venezuelan protesters

It's going from bad to worse in Venezuela. Hundreds of civilian protesters have been prosecuted in secret military court trials. Bloomberg has details here. Among the offenses, the ever-popular "insulting the authorities." Excerpt:
The military procedures are closed to the public, and the national government has released no information about convictions. But Foro Penal, which tracks detentions and provides legal assistance, has charted an increase. 
“The number of cases of civilians put in front of these tribunals for political reasons is surging,” said Alonso Medina, the group’s director. There has also been a rise in arrests for “betraying the fatherland” and other treason charges. “We’re extremely worried about how carelessly they’re being levied against civilians,” Medina said.

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