An influential group of Senators in La Paz, Bolivia, led by the Second Vice-President of the Senate January 21 sent a letter to Hugo Chávez and demanded the immediate release of the Venezuelan political leader, Alejandro Peña Esclusa.
In their letter, the Senate Officials claimed that “Peña Esclusa’s arrest and the judicial process against him was plagued with irregularities.” They add that “since 2002, Peña Esclusa has been the victim of systematic persecution and judicial attacks, led by the Venezuelan government.”
In their communication the Senators denounced that “the illegal imprisonment of Alejandro Peña-Esclusa is clearly intended to silence him and to prevent him from continuing his successful opposition activities, which have taken place within the democratic framework and the Venezuelan laws.”
The letter goes on to say that “it is no secret that since 1995, Peña Esclusa has been denouncing both verbally and in national and international courts the characteristics of the totalitarian regime of Hugo Chavez and his ties to the FARC narco-terrorist group. At the time of his arrest, Peña-Esclusa was leading an international team of lawyers whose goal was to accuse Chavez for crimes against humanity.”
Bolivian Senators accused the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) of planting false evidence during the raid at the home of Peña-Esclusa to incriminate him illegally.
The Parliamentarians highlighted the career of the President of UnoAmerica: “Alejandro Peña Esclusa is internationally recognized for his extensive work on behalf of democracy, freedom and human rights, something which has earned him accolades, awards, and appointments to Senior positions in various organizations. He is a prominent intellectual who has written thousands of articles and 6 books, some of which have been translated into other languages.”
The letter ends by saying “we will remain alert and vigilant against this flagrant violation of human rights and freedom, and will not rest until we see Peña Esclusa free, so that he can continue contributing to the advancement of democracy and regional development.”
The list of signatories is headed by the Second Vice President (Speaker) of the Senate, Carmen Eva Gonzalez Lafuente, and the Head of the National Convergence Caucus, German Antelo Vaca. Also signed Senators Centa Reck, Jeanine Añez Chavez, Maria Elena Mendez de Leon, Mollina Roger Pinto, Carlos Sonnenschein Antelo, Marcelo Antezana and Bernard O. Sanz Gutierrez, who in the coming days will assume his post as head of the opposition bloc.
(Text from press release used with permission.)