The State Department asked on Monday that Matthew Heath – an American detained in Venezuela in September 2020 – receive guarantees of a “fair trial”, a case that the Caracas government described as espionage.
“We call on the Venezuelan authorities to ensure that they receive a transparent and fair public hearing and that the guarantees of a fair trial are respected,” the spokesman for US diplomacy, Ned Price, said on Twitter.
At the time of Heath’s arrest, Nicolás Maduro accused him of being a spy and claimed that at the time of his capture he had “heavy weapons” with him.
He also indicated that his objective was to cause an explosion at the “El Palito” refinery, in the state of Carabobo (north).
The United States, which does not recognize the Maduro government, denies that it sent Heath on a mission to Venezuela.
Last week, coinciding with a hearing scheduled for Heath in Venezuela, Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said he was “deeply concerned” by the process.
“The Maduro regime has not been transparent about this case nor has it adhered to international standards for this case,” said the legislator.
Fleischmann claimed in January that the charges against Heath were “fabricated.”
With information from AP