U.S. blacklists Venezuela military agency after death of navy captain
The U.S. Treasury said it would freeze all assets directly or indirectly owned by the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM).
“The politically motivated arrest and tragic death of Captain Rafael Acosta was unwarranted and unacceptable,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
“Treasury is committed to ending the former Maduro regime’s inhumane treatment of political opponents, innocent civilians, and members of the military in an effort to suppress dissent,” he added.
The Venezuelan authorities buried Acosta’s remains on Wednesday despite opposition from his family, who want an independent autopsy.
Venezuela’s Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab has said two officials working for DGCIM have been charged with homicide in Acosta’s death, without explaining how Acosta died.
Critics accused Maduro’s government of arbitrary detentions and the systematic use of torture against dissidents and military officers.
Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Bill Trott and James Dalgleish