The Spanish government handed over the opposition Ernesto Quintero to the Maduro regime

Ernesto Quintero’s lawyers argued that the reason used by the Nicolás Maduro regime to request his extradition “is completely false, but also hides political motivation,” to which they added that the opposition’s relationship with the company “was of absolute subordination ” and with “merely administrative functions”

Spanish authorities delivered this Thursday to the Venezuelan regime the opposition citizen, Ernesto Quintero, former employee of a brokerage house in Caracas, accused of an alleged fraud.

Said extradition has caused “indignation and stupor” in the Venezuelan community residing in Spain. “It is a serious precedent that worries and outrages us all. We have asked the authorities for explanations,” said Antonio Ecarri, who serves as head of the diplomatic mission appointed by the National Assembly (AN) elected in 2015, in the Iberian nation.

According to the newspaper The world, the defense of the opponent of the Nicolás Maduro regime, has tried for 29 months to fight against the process, without receiving answers from the Spanish authorities. In the same way, different requests for asylum have been rejected.

Quintero was arrested by the Spanish authorities at a police checkpoint in Madrid on February 10, 2021, after an Interpol red notice was issued against him, a situation for which he has been in provisional prison for more than a year, in Soto del Real prison in Madrid.

The now deported worked as an administrative officer at ABA Mercado de Capitales, one of the brokerage houses intervened by Hugo Chávez in 2010.

Neither the National Court nor the prosecutor nor the Council of Ministers heeded the demands not only of his defenders, but also the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which in a letter underlined Quintero’s family roots and recommended “the non-return and the adequate assessment of their international protection needs, taking into account the humanitarian and security situation in Venezuela.

“An innocent without trial or due process. All the steps taken with the Spanish government have resulted in silence,” protested popular deputy Valentina Martínez.

Faced with what seemed an inevitable extradition, the popular parliamentary group has presented a non-law proposal so that the diplomatic delegation in Caracas demands from the Maduro government “scrupulous respect for detainees and due process” in the face of the “proliferation of mistreatment in prisons, thus preventing the Spanish government from becoming an accomplice in mistreatment of detainees.

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