By Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America December 10, 2019 Venezuela currently has 399 political prisoners, and 15,180 people were arrested for political reasons in the last five years, reported Venezuelan nongovernmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal on November 13.Gonzalo Himiob Santomé, the NGO’s director, said in a press conference that 20 of the more than 390 political prisoners in the South American nation are women and 109 are service members.The lawyer said that only 20 have been formally charged, and that the rest must be considered innocent until proven otherwise, and be allowed to follow the legal process as free citizens.Himiob said that 8,950 of those detained since January 2014 remain subject to criminal proceedings under precautionary measures. “These restrictions on freedom become a kind of preemptive, eternal sanction in which the person cannot be certain of their freedom at any time,” he said.Ofelia Aguado, sister of political prisoner and doctor William Aguado, whose case is being heard before military courts, said that his trial, scheduled to begin in October 2019, has yet to start after almost two years.“I wanted to ask the government to give us an answer […] because we are still in limbo. We can’t do anything, because even requesting for him to receive medical care must be authorized by the courts,” said Aguado.Ana Marulanda, daughter of surgeon José Alberto Marulanda, also detained for political reasons since mid-2018, told the media they have not received an answer about his case. His hearing took place in December 2018, and they have yet to get a trial date.“It’s very easy sometimes to see political prisoners as a number. It’s easy to just say 399. But when you consider those 399 people, [they] are fathers, mothers, brothers, and relatives of people from whom they’re currently separated, who are unjustly detained” said Marulanda.She said her father suffered hearing loss in one ear due to torture.On November 12, the Organization of American States confirmed the numbers the NGO provided.
The Nnewi-born tactician spoke about his team’s priority and the importance of the maximum points during a pre-match press conference yesterday before wrapping up preparations for the big game at the Soccer Temple.“I’m aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality players as well playing on the continent but beating them is our priority for now and we want to do just that on Friday.“The game is very, very important to us and we are prepared well enough to face Rangers because last season we were not able to beat them both home and away.“The maximum points is so crucial to us and I’m sure we will do all our best to defeat Rangers which I know will not be easy but we will beat Rangers by God’s grace,” the youthful coach told mountaintopfc.com.MFM FC are in fourth place on the 20-team Nigerian top flight table with 13 points with two outstanding matches at hand against Rivers United and Wikki Tourists. Rangers on the other hand are fifth from bottom of the log with nine points from seven NPFL games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NFPLHead coach of high-flying Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side’s priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers tonight.The Olukoya Boys will host the Flying Antelopes in one of Matchday 10 fixtures of this weekend at the Soccer Temple, Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.
Associated Press Television News COMMENT Standing in solidarity with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds players elected not to take the field Wednesday for their scheduled game at Miller Park.Brewers players made the call Wednesday afternoon about three hours before the scheduled first pitch, and about an hour after the Bucks refused to take the floor of Game 5 of their playoff series against the Magic in response to the recent shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.In a statement, Major League Baseball said, “Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight. Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice.”The originally scheduled game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 5:10 p.m. ET.The Seattle Mariners – San Diego Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego and the San Francisco Giants – Los Angeles Dodgers game at Oracle Park have been postponed as players voted not to play in response to the civil unrest being raised following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.(Image Credit Pixabay) Last Updated: 27th August, 2020 17:04 IST Brewers Manager Counsell Proud Of Players, Says “they Did A Courageous Thing.” Standing in solidarity with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds players elected not to take the field Wednesday for their scheduled game at Miller Park. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV First Published: 27th August, 2020 17:04 IST FOLLOW US