Raúl Isaías Baduel
Archive image of the Venezuelan military officer Raúl Isaias Baduel, l (c). EFE / RUBEN PEÑA /

Caracas, Oct 12 (EFE) .- The Venezuelan military officer, Raúl Isaías Baduel, considered a “political prisoner” since his arrest in 2009, died this Tuesday, at the age of 66, due to a cardiorespiratory arrest as a result of covid-19, according to the attorney general, Tarek William Saab,

“We regret the death of Raúl Isaías Baduel from a cardiorespiratory arrest caused by covid-19, while the corresponding medical care was applied and the first dose of the vaccine was received. We convey our condolences to his family and friends, “said the prosecutor on his Twitter account.

On September 29, Andreina Baduel, daughter of the general, denounced the transfer of her father from the basements of the Sebin, known as “La Tumba”, to another headquarters of the intelligence service in Caracas.

«We demand to verify their conditions, we demand a faith of life. Enough already ”, wrote Baduel; however, there was no official response to this request.

Baduel, who was a faithful ally of the late President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), was considered the architect of his return to the Presidency after the coup that overthrew him for 48 hours in April 2002. He was also Minister of Defense between 2006 and 2007.

Subsequently, he spoke out against the alleged totalitarian drift and the proposed constitutional reform of the late President Hugo Chávez, as well as his dauphin and successor, Nicolás Maduro.

In 2009, he was arrested and disqualified from holding public office until the conclusion of his sentence, which lasted until his death, despite the fact that in 2015 he was granted conditional freedom, under premises that, according to the Venezuelan Justice, he failed to comply, so that He returned to jail in 2017, the year in which his sentence should end.

Subsequently, he was charged with new crimes, including against the integrity of the nation and independence, which led to his indefinite detention.

Despite the fact that the government granted several pardons to numerous opponents, Baduel was never on the lists of those who had been amnestied, although his name rang out strongly when Maduro granted grace measures to 110 people.

His case is included in various reports by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the Fact-Finding Mission.

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