CARACAS – The body of late councilman Fernando Alban, who prosecutors say committed suicide by jumping off the 10th floor of the police station where he was being held, was taken on Tuesday to the Venezuelan Congress, where opposition lawmakers praised him and said he was murdered.
The casket was received by a group of lawmakers, friends and leaders of the late official’s Primero Justicia (PJ) party, while in the congressional chamber the legislators discussed the conditions under which Alban was arrested last Friday and suspicions about his death.
Congressman Juan Guaido said Alban will be buried on Wednesday at the Cemetery of the East in Caracas, after a Mass commemorating him is celebrated.
“In the name of Fernando and his family I am not going to ask for a minute of silence, I am going to ask that we all stand up and give a round of applause in remembrance of Fernando Alban...we ask Venezuela not to remain silent but to march forward in the fight for freedom,” Guaido said upon the arrival of the councilman’s casket.
Alban was arrested Friday at Maiquetia International Airport outside Caracas, after returning from the United States, as a suspect in the failed assassination attempt targeting President Nicolas Maduro last Aug. 4.
According to a statement by Attorney General Tarek William Saab, the councilman committed suicide by throwing himself off the 10th floor a police station when he was about to be taken to court.
However, the councilman’s PJ party, to which the twice presidential candidate Henrique Capriles belongs, said the politician was “murdered by the Nicolas Maduro regime” and demanded to know “the truth” about what occurred.
For that reason, the National Assembly legislature called a special session this Tuesday and said it will promote an investigation into Alban’s death.
Also attending Tuesday’s session were representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country.