Venezuela: army intelligence officials held in student’s death

Venezuelan Justice Minister Tarek El-Aissami said Oct. 16 that six, including three army intelligence officials and a police officer, have been detained in the killing of an opposition student leader. El-Aissami said that the presumed murder weapon was also recovered and that the authorities were investigating two additional suspects. The student leader, Julio Soto of the University of Zulia, died Oct. 1 when his vehicle was sprayed with gunfire. He had helped organize protests with the COPEI opposition party against constitutional amendments proposed by President Hugo Chávez last year. (AP, Oct. 16; AP, Oct. 6)

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