22.6 C
Tuesday, 27 July, 2021

Local opposition leader arrested in anti-Maduro audio file scandal

Domingo Brito, with the Vente Venezuela party in Venezuela’s Anzoategui state, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Guanipa municipality there. His crime? Allegedly posting an audio file where he impersonated pro-Maduro mayor, retired Army General Francisco Belisario Landis criticizing the Maduro regime.


By Marinelid Marcano.

Domingo Brito, a local leader for opposition party Vente Venezuela in the Guanipa municipality, south of oil-rich Anzoategui, was arrested by local police on a warrant extended by the 1st court, the first municipal instance of the Anzoategui judicial penal circuit. His crime was impersonating Guanipa mayor and retired Army General Francisco Belisario Landis in an audio post critical of the Nicolas Maduro regime.

Landis in late 2019 began offering a bounty of 30 million bolivares- the current coin in Venezuela- (less than $400) for the name of the responsible for the audio impersonation, according to an article published last December by Caracas newspaper “Tal Cual”.

You must read: Human Rights activists denounce twenty-four extrajudicial executions in the Guajira region

However, National Assembly lawmaker and Vente Venezuela Anzoategui member Omar Gonzalez said Brito had been writing tweets critical of the regime also, and that was the main reason for his arrest.

However, Cesar Valenzuela, director of the Guanipa municipal police, confirmed in a Whatsapp message that Brito was arrested for being the alleged author of the audio imitating Mayor Landis’s voice to “offend the people of Guanipa, subjecting the mayor to public discredit”.

- Advertisement -

Brito, Berenzuela said, is being accused with identity usurpation and outrage of public investiture by mocking the Mayor and pretending to be him.

Whatsapp “chains” with audio posts criticizing Maduro are extremely popular in Venezuela, so much so that a group of journalists and programmers had to devise an app to weed out fake news.

Behind the news that you just read, there is another story. The story of a team of journalists who appreciates independence, just like you. A team who has the commitment to unveil injustice and the abuse of power. But to keep doing it, we need your support. Join our cause: to make the kind of journalism that shows you the facts and keeps you awake.SUPPORT JOURNALISM THAT SHOWS YOU THE FACTS AND KEEPS YOU AWAKE


What expect from Venezuelan National Assembly in 2020?

This January 5 begins a new period in Venezuela National Assembly, and it seems Juan Guaido will be reelected as Parliament...
Tu indignación es necesaria
Hazte Aliado