OFFICIAL STATEMENT 132
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation Calls a Meeting with the Ambassador of Venezuela

​The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation has called the Ambassador of Venezuela in Madrid to a meeting today to personally give him the following messages

09/10/2018

The Spanish Government expresses its deepest concern for the tragic death, in yet to be clarified circumstances, of the councillor of the party Primero Justicia, Fernando Albán, whilst he was at the premises and under the custody of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service.


The Government of Spain urges the Venezuelan Government to undertake an independent investigation which promptly and truthfully establishes the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Albán and for the State to determine, if appropriate, the responsibilities that could be derived from the findings of said investigation.


Likewise, the Government of Spain once again calls upon the Government of Venezuela to adopt the necessary measures in order to enable the return of democratic institutionality, in full respect of Human Rights and the Venezuelan legal system. In particular, the Government of Spain appeals to the Government of Venezuela to free all the political prisoners, as has also been requested by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

 
The Ambassador of Venezuela stated to the Minister that he did not have any more information other than that which had been officially provided until now. He informed that the Venezuelan public prosecutor’s office has begun investigating the case and he has undertaken to provide additional information as soon as it is available.

 
The Spanish Government reiterates its commitment to contribute, to the extent that is required, to the peaceful, democratic and negotiated outcome among Venezuelans in the framework of the State of Law.

 

 

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