Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Afiuni Released under House Arrest

On February 2nd, the Venezuelan government released Justice Afiuni under house arrest, with a condition that she grant no interview to any international or national media.

Justice Afiuni's health has been deteriorating following fourteen months detention at the Prison for Women. Because of her status as a Criminal Court Judge, who had sentenced several inmates, her life had been threatened, and she was kept in an isolation cell for the whole time.

While the details of her medical status have been declared secret by the Judge presiding over her case, it is thought that an absolute inability to walk or exercise other than within a three by four meter cell, was a contributing factor to this deterioration.

It is expected that she will be seen at a hospital within hours of her release.