Venezuela's Minister Varela: Afiuni's accounts are nothing but lies
"This lie, made up by Afiuni and her lawyer, aims at attacking INOF's inmates and workers," Venezuela's Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela said when interviewed by state-owned radio station Alba Ciudad
"All the story she has written, all the things she told her lawyer, are nothing but a bunch of lies (...) She dared to say that the president himself (Hugo Chávez) was fully aware of such abuses," the minister remarked in response to Afiuni's claims about having been raped during her stay in INOF.
Afiuni's accounts on what she went through in prison are described by journalist Francisco Olivares in his book: Afiuni, la presa del comandante (Afiuni: The Pray of the Commander).
"This lie, made up by Afiuni and her lawyer, aims at attacking INOF's inmates and workers," Varela said while being interviewed by state-owned radio station Alba Ciudad, AVN cited.
Since 2009, Judge Afiuni has been held in prison for releasing on probation entrepreneur Eligio Cedeño, who faced corruption charges.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.