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Tuesday, 27 July, 2021

Hospital resident in Whatsapp-Maduro case gets released on parole


By Mayreth Casanova.

Andreina de Los Angeles Urdaneta Martinez, 35, a resident of Cabimas Hospital in Zulia state, released on parole after spending two weeks in jail. She got arrested on May 26, accused of posting a WhatsApp status against Nicolas Maduro.

At around 6:00 pm on Tuesday, the court ordered her release on parole, with the conditions including check-up visits every 30 days at the court, explained Jose Melean, the defense lawyer by the Cabimas Human Rights Commission.

On May 27, the First Control Court of Cabimas issued a prison sentence against her for the crimes of incitement to hatred and offense to the president. At a hearing on June 2, they upheld the decision, appealed by his defense.

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She was detained for 14 days at the headquarters of the Scientific and Investigation Police in Cabimas, during the investigation phase. She has now been remanded to her home.

Urdaneta posted in her WhatsApp status image of Maduro on a gallows, with a rope tied around his neck, surrounded by hooded men. After making the publication, along with an emoji, she was arrested.

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Urdaneta is a community doctor who graduated from a Maduro-regime university. She graduated in 2017 and worked at the Integral Diagnosis Center (CDI in Spanish) of her hometown. The CDIs ambulatory is also a controversial public health-care initiative, controlled by Cuba with the Maduro regime and has been denounced as using Cuban doctors as slave labor.

Andreina is a second-year resident of the Post-Graduate Program in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Cabimas Hospital, and mother a 16-year-old daughter.

AndreinaSomosTodos (We are all Andreina) was the hashtag that friends, classmates, and family positioned through social networks after her arrest. “We never lost hope that she would return home,” one of her fellow graduates told El Pitazo.

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