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World Venezuela to compensate relatives of 68 killed in jail fire

04:00  31 march  2018
04:00  31 march  2018 Source:   afp.com

Sixty eight killed in Venezuelan police station riot and fire

  Sixty eight killed in Venezuelan police station riot and fire Rioting and a fire in the cells of a Venezuelan police station in the central city of Valencia killed 68 people on Wednesday, according to the government and witnesses. Families hoping for news outside the police station were dispersed with tear gas and authorities did not give information until late into the evening.“The State Prosecutor’s Office guarantees to deepen investigations to immediately clarify what happened in these painful events that have left dozens of Venezuelan families in mourning,” said Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab on Twitter.

Venezuela 's government said Friday it will compensate the relatives of scores of prisoners and a couple of visitors who died this week when a fire engulfed an overcrowded police headquarters' jail . The statement by the foreign ministry also said authorities have been ordered to probe the blaze.

Venezuela 's government said Friday it will compensate the relatives of scores of prisoners and a couple of visitors who died this week when a fire engulfed an overcrowded police headquarters' jail . A total of 68 people died in the fire -- 66 male prisoners and two female visitors.

People grieve during the funeral for some of the 68 victims of a fire that blazed through police holding cells in Venezuela © Provided by AFP People grieve during the funeral for some of the 68 victims of a fire that blazed through police holding cells in Venezuela

Venezuela's government said Friday it will compensate the relatives of scores of prisoners and a couple of visitors who died this week when a fire engulfed an overcrowded police headquarters' jail.

The statement by the foreign ministry also said authorities have been ordered to probe the blaze that happened Wednesday in the state police facility in the country's third-biggest city of Valencia.

A total of 68 people died in the fire -- 66 male prisoners and two female visitors.

Relatives await bodies after fire kills 68 at Venezuela jail

  Relatives await bodies after fire kills 68 at Venezuela jail Relatives of 68 people killed in a fire at a Venezuelan police station jail waited Thursday for officials to turn over the remains of their loved ones.Load Error

Venezuela 's government said Friday it will compensate the relatives of scores of prisoners and a couple of visitors who died this week when a fire engulfed an overcrowded police headquarters' jail . A total of 68 people died in the fire -- 66 male prisoners and two female visitors.

CARACAS, Venezuela — At least 68 people died when a fire erupted during a riot at a jail in the northern Venezuelan city of Valencia, the attorney general said late Wednesday. The announcement came hours after crowds of anguished family members had gathered outside the facility

A prisoners' rights group, Una Ventana a la Libertad (A Window on Freedom), said the prisoners had set fire to mattresses in an attempt to break out of the jail.

The foreign ministry statement said "means of compensation" had been agreed for the affected families.

Police sources told AFP on Friday that all but eight of the bodies had been claimed by relatives.

The UN's human rights office in Switzerland had said Thursday it was "appalled at the horrific deaths" and called for a complete investigation. It had also demanded compensation be paid to the families.

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected the "precipitate and disproportional" comments of the UN office.

It alleged there was "a multi-faceted assault being deployed against our country making rude and vile use of the issue of human rights."

Venezuela's prisons suffer from dire overcrowding and a shortage of basic supplies, struggling under the deepening economic crisis that is gripping the once-wealthy oil-producing country.

Una Ventana a la Libertad estimates that the temporary detention cells in Venezuela's police stations are at five times their capacity. They are often used to house overflow convicts from similarly crowded penitentiaries.

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