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Venezuela Will Investigate Death of Detained Navy Captain

  • Acosta Arevelo was arrested after uprising against Maduro
  • U.S. condemns ‘killing and torture’ of officer in custody
Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro

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Venezuela’s government said it will investigate the death of a navy captain who was being held on charges of treason, sedition and attempted assassination of President Nicolas Maduro.

Captain Rafael Acosta Arevalo, 49, was arrested Wednesday along with three other soldiers and two police officials, joining dozens of people detained since an April 30 uprising against Maduro. Officials said the prisoner died about 1 a.m. Saturday at a Ministry of Defense hospital in Caracas and didn’t give the cause of death, Acosta Arevalo’s lawyer, Alonso Medina, said in a telephone interview.