- Title: Imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader's health at risk, doctor warns
- Date: 11th August 2021
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AUGUST 11, 2021) (REUTERS) FREDDY GUEVARA'S FATHER, FREDDY GUEVARA ROMERO, SITTING DOWN FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE GENERAL VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE BANNER WITH GUEVARA'S IMAGE AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FREDDY GUEVARA'S FATHER, FREDDY GUEVARA ROMERO, SAYING: "We demand that our son be freed, that this unjust imprisonment ends. We ask that he be visited by trusted medics and that he can have his medical file so as to check his condition. I repeat, the place where he is being held has no capacity for a cardiac emergency, they don't have the means to respond to health risks due to COVID-19, which Dr. Julio Castro will explain in more detail. It will be you, the leaders of the regime (reference to President Nicolas Maduro's government), who will be responsible if something happens to my son." DOCTOR JULIO CASTRO TAKING SEAT AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GUEVARA'S DOCTOR, JULIO CASTRO, SAYING: "It appears there is evidence of an arrhythmia condition with Freddy (Guevara) at this time. From a clinical point of view, it raises the possibility of posting a COVID-19 syndrome, with cardiac complications that have manifested in arrhythmia at this time. It can compromise one's life at any time." T-SHIRT AT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH GUEVARA'S NAME ON IT GUEVARA'S FATHER DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FREDDY GUEVARA'S FATHER, FREDDY GUEVARA ROMERO, SAYING: "It's because of love that we request his freedom. He does not deserve to be imprisoned for one more day. Strength and God's faith is with us." GENERAL VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE
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- Keywords: Freddy Guevara Venezuela detained health opposition leader
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: South America / Central America,Government/Politics
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- Story Text:Imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara's health could be at risk due to cardiac arrhythmia, his father and a doctor who treated him for coronavirus earlier this year said on Wednesday (August 11).
Guevara, a close ally of opposition leader Juan Guaido - recognised by the United States and others as the South American country's legitimate president - was detained on July 12 and charged with terrorism, treason, and an attack on the constitutional order.
His allies say the charges are trumped up as part of an effort by President Nicolas Maduro's government to crackdown on dissent.
Washington and the United Kingdom condemned the arrest, which came as Venezuela's government and opposition prepare for internationally mediated negotiations to resolve a longstanding political crisis in the economically devastated nation.
Guevara had suffered multiple episodes of arrhythmia, for which he received surgery in 2016, his father reported.
Venezuela's information ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Guevara's health.
Julio Castro, an infectologist who advises the opposition on health issues and treated Guevara for COVID-19 in June, said he was unaware of what evaluation and treatment Guevara had received, in any, in the month he has been held at the Helicoide detention centre in western Caracas, run by the Sebin intelligence policy.
Guevara's attorney Omar Mora Tosta said the defence team has not had access to him in the month since his arrest, and that a judge denied the team's July 27 request for Guevara to be transferred temporarily for a medical consultation.
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