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The Venezuelan was mistaken for a criminal and spent seven months in prison in Peru

Events/International.- A Venezuelan citizen was mistaken for a criminal in Peru and detained for 7 months in the Lurigancho prison, the largest in the penitentiary system of this country.

Guillermo Martín was walking down the street in Chaclacayo (east of Lima) and was stopped by a car full of police officers in civilian clothes, a common practice of the criminal investigation force. They asked him where he was from last night. After answering that he was at his home with his family, a policeman shouted, “He’s Venezuelan; he’s chamo; he’s chamo. Chamo you! What are you doing, kid?’”

The Veneactiva organization collected his testimony and told how Guillermo coped with this complicated situation.

“One officer said, ‘Look, this is the beard; it looks similar,’ and then another said to me, ‘What happened is that there is a robbery, and we want to know if it is, because you are very similar, ‘” he said.

Arrested for being Venezuelan and without prior investigation

Martín was subjected to a procedure far from due process and was even called to testify as an accused. No matter how he proved his innocence, he could not prevent him from being imprisoned for 15 days.

The worst was the latter; an order sent him to the prison of Lurigancho, the largest in all of Peru. He was there for 7 months.

Guillermo has been suffering from diabetes since 2009, and his confinement has worsened his disease, affecting his nervous system.

“I have had diabetes since 2009, and I have never felt bad, but now I am left with the problem of diabetic neuropathy. The disease causes pain in my feet almost every day, a burning sensation, and some cramps,” he commented.

He left the prison in Peru, but Immigration did not want to provide documents.

The situation may be clear, but there is another problem, which is the police record. Immigration cannot issue documents to foreign citizens with criminal records.

His wife did not stop fighting throughout the process. He knocked on the doors of the Veneactiva organization and found hope.

The NGO established the Juan Germán Roscio Legal Clinic, which brings together Peruvian and Venezuelan lawyers working for the community of this nationality in Peru.

There, they helped him speed up the procedures, and he received his residence through his immigration card “to leave the difficult moments behind,” according to a press release.

He also received insulin and psychological help

At the same time, Guillermo received support to be part of the Living with Diabetes program. This initiative gives you a supply of insulin.

In addition, he also received help through Active Listening, where he attended posological care to overcome such a complex situation.

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