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Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:22 PM

Venezuela's Maduro 'pardons' 110 political detainees

Related: Washington says pardons by Venezuela’s Maduro are token acts (Associated Press)

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Source: BBC

Venezuela's Maduro 'pardons' 110 political detainees

1 September 2020

The Venezuelan government announced on Monday it would free 110 political opponents, some of whom have been in detention for months.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez said President Nicolás Maduro had issued a decree to that effect which would come into force immediately.

The move comes three months before legislative polls which many opposition parties say they will boycott.

But Mr Maduro's most vocal critics are not among those listed in the decree.

Who is being 'pardoned'?

Among the names read out by Mr Rodríguez are some well-known opposition politicians and activists whose arrests caused outrage at the time.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53985277


Juan Guaidó's chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, was among those released (EPA)


Among those on named on the list is Nicmer Evans, a supporter of the late President Hugo Chávez turned critic of Mr Maduro (EPA)

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