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Venezuela: Threats and intimidation/fear for safety, Jonathan Granadino Rosendo (m), aged 22; other witnesses to a murder trial.

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 53/002/2002

Jonathan Granadino Rosendo, whose testimony helped to convict a police officer of murder in 2001, has been harassed and intimidated by police officers, colleagues of the convicted officer. Amnesty International is concerned for his safety.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 53/002/2002
UA 70/02 Threats and intimidation/fear for safety 8 March 2002
VENEZUELAJonathan Granadino Rosendo (m), aged 22
other witnesses to a murder trial
Jonathan Granadino Rosendo, whose testimony helped to convict a police officer
of murder in 2001, has been harassed and intimidated by police officers,
colleagues of the convicted officer. Amnesty International is concerned for
his safety.
On 2 March he was arrested with three others at a betting shop near his home
in Miranda state, allegedly for illegal drinking. In the police van, one of
the three officers reportedly said to the others, éste le hecho paja a nuestro
compañero(this one grassed up our colleague). Once they reached the police
station, the other detainees were released after a few hours, but Jonathan
was not released until the following day, after friends and relatives had been
to the police station to ask why he had been arrested.
While he was in custody, the officer who had spoken about him in the van told
the station commander that Jonathan had testified against their colleague.
On 5 March a patrol car was stationed outside Jonathan Granadino Rosendo’s
house and remained for some time. He was too scared to leave the house. Human
rights groups believe this was intended to intimidate him.
In 2000, Jonathan Granadino Rosendo was a key witness to the killing of a young
woman, Diraicys Machado, during a large police operation in his neighbourhood.
Two police officers were charged with the killing. During the trial in 2001,
before the sentence was passed a police agent threatened the witnesses. The
authorities took no action, allegedly because the threats were “only words”.
One officer was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for the killing and the
other was acquitted.
Other witnesses in the case, including Diraicys Machado’s mother, also reported
fearing reprisals from the police.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
In the past police intimidation of witnesses has frequently prevented progress
in investigations into human rights violations, and prevents victims coming
forward in other cases.
According to the Venezuelan Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo), nearly
400 people died in 2000 and 2001 in circumstances which suggested the police
and security forces had been involved. They also reported that impunity for
these crimes is almost total.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in
Spanish, English or your own language:
- expressing concern at reports that police officers in Miranda state have
harassed and intimidated Jonathan Granadino Rosendo, and urging the authorities
to order an immediate investigation;
- calling on the authorities to guarantee the safety of Jonathan Granadino
Rosendo, and other witnesses.
APPEALS TO:
2
General Attorney
Fiscal general de la República, Dr. Isaías Rodríguez
Avenida Universidad, Esquina Pele el ojo a Misericordia,
frente a Parque Carabobo, Caracas, VENEZUELA
Fax: + 58 212 576 44 19
Salutation:Estimado Señor Fiscal General/Dear Attorney General
State Authorities in the state of Miranda
Gobernación del Estado Miranda
Enrique Mendoza
Carretera Panamericana,
Kilómetro 24,
Estado Miranda, Venezuela
Fax: + 58 212 321 5775
Salutation:Estimado Señor/Dear Sir
State Police
Director de la Policía del Estado Miranda
Comisario General
Hermes Rojas Peralta
Fax: + 58 212 322 4518
Salutation:Estimado Señor/Dear Sir
Human rights ombudsman
Defensoría del Pueblo
Dr. Germán Mundaraín
Bellas Artes comienzo Avenida México frente al Ateneo de Caracas
Plaza Morelos
Caracas, VENEZUELA
Fax: + 58 212 575 4467
Email: gmundarain@defensoria.gov.ve
Salutation:Estimado Señor/Dear Sir
COPIES TO:
Human Rights Group
Red de Apoyo por
la Justicia y Paz
Parque Central
Edif. Caroata, Nivel Ofic.2,
Ofic. 220, Parque Central
Caracas, VENEZUELA
Fax:+ 58 212 574 1949/574 8005
E-mail:redapoyo@cantv.net
and to diplomatic representatives of Venezuela accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 19 April 2002.

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