Last March 7, Sebin officers detained two young men during an operation that looked like a kidnap (sic). The move ended up in tragedy. The detainees have just been released
OSCAR MEDINA | EL UNIVERSAL
Saturday May 10, 2014
It is March, 7, 2014. In the morning, agents from the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) receive some documents and a CD. It is information on the street demonstrations held in Chacao municipality, eastern Caracas. According to them, the videos display images of the actual demonstrators. In the documents, some clear data can be found: one or several “cooperating patriots” uphold that guarimberos (street protesters) will meet up in the afternoon of that day on Second Avenue with second cross-street at Los Palos Grandes, at Onubo building. And, in that meeting, they will plan an agenda in order to place roadblocks on Francisco de Miranda Avenue.
The mission is clear: to catch them. Two names are mentioned: David Urbina Solís and José Alberto Rivas Pardal. The first one –according to “cooperating patriots”- is the kingpin, whereas the latter one is his second-in-command. They will lay steel cable and wire across the avenue. They will use home-made bombs. They should be stopped.
And officers go after them at noon. Some went in a black Toyota Corolla sedan; some others went in a gray Corolla sedan. The procedure was relatively simple: after a few hours driving around, they spotted José Alberto Rivas near Onubo residences. They got out of the car, identified themselves, asked him for his ID card and detained him. Then they spotted David Urbina and proceeded in the same manner. Further, on Third Avenue, officers from Chacao police intercepted the commission. Nevertheless, the team members showed their Sebin credentials and would go ahead with no problem. The gray Corolla sedan went towards Cota Mil on its way to Sebin headquarters at Venezuela Square. The black sedan took a different destiny: it went to Ciempiés distributor to get into Prados del Este highway. And there it happened.
At that point, officers from Chacao police on motorbikes shoot at them and force them to stop. The police officers get off their bikes, disarm them, take the detainee (José Alberto) out of the car, and then realize there is a female officer injured: Glidis Karelis Chacón. Minutes later, physicians from Salud Chacao (Chacao Health) pronounce her dead. All the individuals involved are to relate the incident at the Scientific, Forensic and Criminal Intelligence Agency (Cicpc). And in the end, José Alberto will be taken to the Sebin facilities located at Helicoide. He will come across David Urbina.
By 3:40 pm on March 7, officers from the cyclist brigade of Chacao police were in the surroundings of Los Palos Grandes Square. A group of neighbors came running to them in order to report what they had just witnessed (a presumed kidnap): a boy had been taken against his will in a black Corolla sedan, on second Avenue with second cross-street.
Feature continues here: An Error Made by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service?