Trini detainees on hunger strike in Venezuela

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Five Trinidadian Muslims detained in Venezuela on suspicion of engaging in terrorist activities have gone on a hunger strike.

They want to impress upon the Venezuelan Judiciary to free them after the judge who heard their case, has gone on vacation while the decision is pending.

According to reports, the men have been going without food and water since Tuesday. They plan to continue until they are freed The men were due to have had the decision on their case handed down on September 12, but the judge deferred the decision to September 14, and then to September 23.

One of the detainees said they were okay having been starved on many occasions. At present, he said, they were prepared “to go to the Lord where we will be free.” He said a nurse visited them on Thursday.

The men who have been in custody since March 2014, said they feel let down by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s Government, who during the visit of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to Trinidad and Tobago in May discussed their repatriation and has done nothing since.

Based on information coming out of Caracas, it is unlikely the Trinidadians will be freed anytime soon.

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