CARACAS – Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens, arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed attempt on the life of President Nicolas Maduro, completed a month in prison on Friday without ever being allowed to see his family.
Requesens, 29, was surprised at his home the night of Aug. 7 by agents of the Sebin intelligence agency who arrested him together with his sister Rafaela, who was released two hours later.
“My son is innocent...I asked to see him to find out how he’s doing, how he feels,” the lawmaker’s mother, Paula Martinez, told reporters Friday at a gathering in East Caracas where dozens of people wrote messages of solidarity with Requesens on a wall.
The woman repeated that Sebin authorities at the facility where her son is locked up would only accept the food she brings him daily but would not accept his medications.
“I have a lot of faith that he’s getting the food,” Martinez said after recalling that her son had a special meal plan due to the bariatric surgery he underwent several months ago. She has no idea if his health is being looked after in that way.
Juan Guillermo Requesens, the prisoner’s father, said Friday that his family is “shocked but stronger than ever” and with “some very clear democratic convictions.”
The elder Requesens, a physician, expressed his concern about the refusal of penitentiary authorities to receive medicines for his son under the assertion that the Sebin will provide them.
Meanwhile, defense lawyer Joel Garcia denounced on Twitter that his client’s fundamental rights are being “systematically” violated.
Three days after the lawmaker was taken into custody, the government released a video in which Requesens is seen seated in front of a camera, having assumed he took part in organizing an assassination attempt on Maduro, but that he acted without knowing what it was all about in response to a request by former National Assembly speaker Julio Borges.