It is expected that with this full release of Álvarez, another worker from state companies detained for political reasons, Eudis Girot, director of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela (Futpv), will soon receive the same benefit.
On Wednesday night, the 11th Trial Court of the city of Caracas, ruled in its final hearing to grant full freedom to the union leader and former Ferrominera worker Rodney Álvarez, who remained in prison for more than a decade.
“After ten years of his unjust detention, the final hearing has declared full freedom for Rodney Álvarez. He has overcome justice and truth through unity and tenacious struggle. Rodney was always innocent!” indicates a statement from the Committee for the Freedom of Imprisoned Workers.
On April 11, the Public Ministry had requested full and unrestricted freedom, however, he received a substitute measure for the deprivation of liberty, as was announced by the activist and human rights defender Lexys Rendón. “An innocent man after almost 11 years can be with his loved ones and free from him, but there is still no justice. Full Freedom,” Rendón said on Twitter.
On the morning of April 13, while Álvarez’s release was expected to take place at any moment, the activist Rondón warned that the release ticket arrived at Rodeo II the day before and that only a call from the Ministry for Penitentiary Services was expected. for the measure to be finalized.
The activist and union leaders of dissident Chavismo denounced that the Chavismo march to celebrate 20 years of April 13, 2022 delayed the prison worker’s releasesince the staff of the Ministry of Penitentiary Affairs, in charge of calling the detention center, participated in the walk to Miraflores.
He was finally released early this Friday, April 15, without transportation and without having a way to communicate. Lawyer Aguilera denounced that it was a “bad intentional action” by the national government so that the media would not find out about the release. It was confirmed that he would be under filing.
It is expected that with this full release of Álvarez, another worker from state companies detained for political reasons, Eudis Girot, director of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela (Futpv), will soon receive the same benefit, said the also human rights defender. of the Rosario Ríos workers.
“Rodney was always innocent. Now the judge’s decision in the case of Eudis Girot must be reviewed, because there is nothing for his conviction to proceed, “said Ríos.
The Rodney Alvarez case
Álvarez was arrested on June 17, 2011, in Ciudad Piar, Bolívar state, accused of being the alleged murderer of worker Renny Rojas (28 years old). The victim was fatally shot in the neck during an assembly to elect representatives of an electoral commission that would carry out the elections of the Ferrominera Workers’ Union (Sintraferrominera).
Previously, it had been warned that acts of violence could occur in the activity, but neither the surveillance nor the military presence prevented the clashes between the workers. One of the sides was attached to the government of Hugo Chávez, the other supported the then general secretary of the union, Rubén González.
Initially, the person identified by the witnesses as the alleged perpetrator, Héctor Maicán, at that time finance secretary of Sintraferrominera and member of the Bolivarian Federation of Workers, was arrested and later released by the Second Court of Control. The authorities went for Álvarez eight days after the events.