USA imposes sanctions on Venezuela’s military counter-intelligence agency

epa07538515 Secretary General of Venezuelan political party 'Causa Radical' in Spain, Manuel Rodriguez (C), delivers a speech during a gathering of Venezuelan nationals in Sol Square in Madrid, Spain, 30 April 2019. Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido has asked supporters to take to the streets in order to end the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. Meanwhile, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was freed from his house arrest, appearing alongside Guaido and military forces in Caracas. EPA-EFE/EDUARDO OYANA

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The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on Venezuela’s military counter-intelligence agency, accusing it of torturing and murdering detainees.

The new sanctions, announced by the US Treasury Department, freeze any US-based assets of the country’s General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence.

They come less than a week after the US imposed sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro’s son, as part of Washington’s bid to force the Venezuelan leader from power.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement the move was triggered by the death in custody of a navy captain who was allegedly tortured.

“The politically motivated arrest and tragic death of Captain Rafael Acosta was unwarranted and unacceptable,? Mnuchin said.

France 24 

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