Lorent Saleh a su llegada al aeropuerto de Barajas./ Foto: Venezuelan Press
The Diplomat. 14/10/2018
Venezuelan political prisoner Lorent Gómez Saleh arrived in Spain yesterday, after being released by the government of Nicolás Maduro. He spent four years in prison on charges of disturbing public order by participating in anti-government demonstrations.
The family of Saleh, a former student leader, requested that after his release he could leave the country and go to Spain. In this way, the opposition member arrived to Madrid with the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America, Juan Pablo de La Iglesia, who, since last Tuesday, has developed in Caracas an agenda in which he has met with representatives of the Executive Bolivarian and opposition.
The political prisoner arrived in Madrid accompanied by the Secretary of State for Ibero-America
The Venezuelan government announced Friday the release of Saleh, 30, as part of a reconciliation plan and after the Truth Commission, created by the Maduro regime, recommended his release “for suicide risk” , after noting that “during the time of his arrest he was subjected to various psychological evaluations, manifesting violent, destructive and suicidal behaviors that endangered his personal integrity.” The NGO Foro Penal, however, described the measure as an “exile”.
Saleh, who was awarded the Andrei Sakharov Prize, of the European Parliament, starred in a hunger strike of almost a month in front of the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 2011 to demand the release of political prisoners.
The Spanish government said yesterday in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the decision “goes in the right direction to help generate a climate of trust that allows a democratic, peaceful and negotiated exit among Venezuelans”.