Emirlendris Benítez was sentenced to 30 years in prison, on August 4, for the “drones case”, as the assassination attempt against Nicolás Maduro in 2018 is known. This Sunday, December 4, four months and the judgment has not yet been published
Emirlendris Benítez was sentenced to 30 years in prison, on August 4, for the “drones case” as the assassination attempt against Nicolás Maduro in 2018 is known.
This Sunday, December 4, four months have passed and the sentence has not yet been published.
Melania Leal Rosales Benítez’s sister, wrote on Twitter: “Today it’s december 4th and they have been waiting for 4 months for the sentence to be published where my sister Emirlendris Benítez is convicted to 30 years for the assassination attempt with the drones. She is innocent.”
#Today it is #4Dec and they have been waiting for 4 months for them to publish the sentence where they condemn my sister #EmirlendrisBenitez to 30 years for the assassination attempt with the drones. she is INNOCENT pic.twitter.com/ivnV1nLS65
– Melania Leal Rosales (@MelaniaLealRos1) December 4, 2022
Emirlendris Benítez is one of the 12 defendants who ended up with a 30-year sentence, the maximum sentence established by the Organic Code of Criminal Procedure. His case, like the rest, is riddled with irregularities, allegations of torture and cruel treatment, and denial of effective justice in the face of international pronouncements.
Benítez is a merchant and was arrested on August 5, 2018: she was doing a race at dawn, together with her partner Yolmer Escalona, when they passed through a checkpoint where they asked for her papers, she handed them over. Subsequently, they were arrested without explaining the reasons.
In August, in an interview with SuchWhich, defense attorney Stefanía Migliorini said that Benítez accompanied her partner because she owned the vehicle where they were making the transfer. They accepted the race because they were both merchants and needed the money.
“These people are like a trophy to show that they did indeed want to kill the President of the Republic. But there was an irregularity in this process, we never saw the President in a statement, be it on video or phone call or giving power to representatives of the Public Ministry to represent him as a victim. This was a frustrated assassination, but the victim didn’t even bother to report it?
Benítez was accused and convicted of seven crimes: homicide classified as a degree of frustration, homicide qualified with treachery and for futile motives, criminal association, terrorism, treason, launching explosive devices in public spaces and property damage.
At the beginning of February 2022, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, one of the special mechanisms of the United Nations, requested the immediate release of Emirlendris Benítez. He also requested that he be granted compensation and other types of reparation, but the decision was ignored by Judge Hennit Carolina López when she handed down the sentence.
Emirlendris Benítez is the single mother of an eight-year-old boy, whom she has rarely seen during the four years she has been in prison, despite the fact that the law only allows a person to be kept in pretrial detention for a maximum of three years.
When she was detained at the headquarters of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) she was beaten by officials, beaten against blunt objects such as walls, and suffocated with plastic bags.
This situation caused her to abort the baby she was carrying. In addition, he contributed to the encapsulation of one of her prostheses in the breast and the migration of biopolymers from her buttocks to her legs and spine.
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