January 30, 2019 11:08
Updated on January 30, 2019 23:21
Colombian photographer Efe Leonardo Munoz, who disappeared from the moon this Wednesday in Caracas, is being held by the Venezuelan authorities, who also arrested his two companions, one Spanish and one Colombian, who are part of the team that traveled from Bogota to cover the crisis in that country.
According to reporters at Efes in Caracas, members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) appeared in the agency's office tonight where they arrested Spanish Gonzalo Dominguez Loeda and Colombian Mauren Bariga Vargas and said Muñoz was arrested by the Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) .
Sebin's agents ordered Dominguez and Barriga to accompany them to a hotel where they stay in Venezuela's capital, according to what they said, to collect their personal belongings and be detained for questioning.
The director of the EFE in Caracas, Nelida Fernandez, followed with Dominguez and Bariga's lawyer to try to clarify the situation before Venezuelan authorities and get rid of it as soon as possible.
The EFE team traveled to Caracas on January 17 to help cover the Venezuelan crisis and after arriving at Maiticketia airport, they were identified as journalists, so they allowed the intelligence, migration and customs authorities to enter without restrictions. after they deliver up to a few security filters in about three hours.
However, on Wednesday morning, when photographer Munozz will cover the demonstrations against Nicolas Maduro in Petare, he lost contact with him and the accompanying driver Jose Salas from the Venezuelan nationality.
For this reason, the Colombian government on Wednesday called for the "immediate release" of Leonardo Muñoz, which until recently was considered to have disappeared.
"The Colombian government has rejected the arrest of Colombian citizen Leonardo Muñoz, a photographer of the Efe agency, in Venezuela, and demands his immediate release and we look for respect for the life of our compatriot," Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo told Twitter.
When they traveled to Caracas, the three EFE journalists flew to a plane map to return to Bogotá on February 7th.