By Carlos Camacho
CARACAS -- The office of Tarek William Saab, attorney general for the Nicolas Maduro regime, has charged an elderly couple for reviewing a double-wedding party Saab attended in the seaside city of Puerto La Cruz in the company of hundreds of guests without face masks or social distancing.
Writer and journalist Milagros Mata Gil in her seventies, author of several books, published in Facebook an article titled “Fiesta Mortal,” translated from spanish as “Deadly Party”, where she criticized a party attended by Saab, according to videos and pictures reviewed and verified by LAHT in alliance with local media outlets.
Husband, local politician and fellow man of letters Juan Manuel Muñoz, known as Moriche, also distributed the article over a Whatsapp group. Moriche is also a well-known militant of the Venezuelan left. Until recently he was an El Tigre councilman for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party.
El Tigre is the hometown of Saab, but he keeps a house in Puerto La Cruz where parties are frequent.
Hours later, on the morning of Mar. 31, the National Guard came around their house.
Moriche surrendered, but Mata Gil only gave herself up in the early afternoon.
They spent the night inside the local barracks for the Guard’s Extortion and Kidnapping National Command (CONAS) special forces, a corps that has been accused of crimes against humanity towards political opponents of the regime.
Thursday morning, husband and wife were released after being charged with “instigating hate” against Saab, his mother and other party guests mentioned in the article.
Human rights activist Tamara Suju reported that, from the party alone, there were more than 500 cases and 19 deceased.
Local fact-checking network Es Paja verified the details of the story, using Google tweets to double-check Instagram and Twitter posts, finding a 26-second clip of Saab dancing without a face mask surrounded by several hundred persons, also without protection, as the brides were being hoisted on the shoulders of guests.