Alleged Maduro 'attack' plotter kills self - Venezuela

Mourners of the municipal lawmaker Fernando Alban shout slogans in front of riot police members standing outside the headquarters of Bolivarian National Intelligence Service in Caracas Venezuela

First Justice's national coordinator, Julio Borges, said Alban's lifeless body was thrown from the SEBIN's headquarters on Caracas' Plaza Venezuela.

The United Nations called on Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death of Venezuelan opposition member Fernando Alban after Caracas said he killed himself in custody.

The authorities later blamed Venezuela's opposition and also Colombia for the attack.

"We will be looking at all issues that are related to the human rights situation in Venezuela", Shamdasani said.

He represented a district in the Caracas area.

Opposition leader Julio Borges, who led the delegation to the United Nations, said Alban's wife told him that her husband had been under intense pressure to testify against him in the ongoing probe into the alleged plot in early August to kill Maduro using two drones loaded with explosives.

The party said that Mr Alban's arrest was because of statements he made at recent United Nations meetings in NY denouncing human-rights violations in Venezuela. On Monday, Reverol said Alban had also been investigated for "destabilising activities directed from overseas".

"We become aware a few minutes ago of the suicide of the councilman", Tarek said on state television, referring to the member of the opposition Justice First party. Corker was in Caracas on Monday to meet with government officials and the opposition to assess Venezuela's economic crisis. "We understand there are conflicting reports on what exactly happened".

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The United States imposed new sanctions on several of Maduro's top allies last week as President Donald Trump urged UN members to support a "restoration of democracy" in Venezuela.

Mr Alban's assistant, Mileidy Blanco, said she had begged him to leave Venezuela with his family.

Rights groups and the opposition have said that Mr Maduro's administration is holding hundreds of political prisoners on trumped-up charges meant to stifle dissent.

Borges said on Twitter the "cruelty of the dictatorship ended the life of Alban".

The group was "detained during security raids known as Operations for the Liberation of the People - OLPs - which the government said were created to break up criminal gangs", Shamdasani said.

The city councilman's lawyer, Joel Garcia, told reporters it was too soon to confirm whether the case was a suicide or not.

While Venezuelans previous year watched as dozens of youth were killed in violent street battles with security forces, the death of activists while in the government's custody is a fate more associated with the far deadlier dictatorships that dominated much of South America in the 1970s.

Also expressing concern was Luis Almagro, the head of the Organization of American States and a sharp critic of Venezuela's socialist government, who called Alban's death "the direct responsibility of a torturing and homicidal regime".

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