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REDACTED Page 156 of 190 of the gun next to or very close to the body). Besides Briceño’s case, this practice has caused deaths, as in the previously described cases of Geraldine Moreno and Kluiverth Roa.683 xi) Gerardo Carrero On 8 May 2014, 26 year-old student Gerardo Carrero was arrested along with other 213 people who were protesting in front of the United Nations Mission in Caracas headquarters, where the students had created a so-called “resistance camp”.684 He was imprisoned along with other protesters at the SEBIN headquarters, located in El Helicoide, Caracas. In the afternoon of August 21, 2014, while the judicial proceedings and investigations continued, Gerardo Carrero, who had been jailed for 103 days, released an open letter directed to President Nicolás Maduro announcing his decision to start a hunger strike on the same day.685 According to Carrero, on August 21, 2014, the same day that the letter was made public, at approximately 8pm SEBIN agents forcibly removed him from his cell. They handcuffed him to a tube on the ceiling where he hung for 12 hours without a break (from 9am to 9pm). They wrapped his wrists in newspaper and adhesive tape to leave as few marks as possible. During this time, they shouted at him and insulted him, they threatened him and his family and they beat him up. Whilst beating him with wooden boards, they injured him on the back of his legs. He was hit so hard that three of the boards broke against his body. Despite the fact that they had also been wrapped up, some marks remained on the back of Gerado’s knees.686 On 23 January 2015, María Jose Carrero, Gerardo's sister, filed a complaint of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment before the General Prosecutor’s Office, in relation to her brother's conditions of detention. He was moved from “The Tomb” - formed of a group of cells that are located in the basement number five 5 at the Sebin Plaza Venezuela, with cells painted all in white, they see no other colours other than that, prisoners uniforms are khaki and there are limitation of all kinds. The detainees are not allowed to exercise and they do not know when it is day or night, the physical 683 FORO PENAL VENEZOLANO. (2015) Politically motivated detentions, torture, other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and killings (2014-2015) 684 UN. (2014) Convención contra la Tortura y Otros Tratos o Penas Crueles, Inhumanos o Degradantes 685 SOUSA, D. (2014) Sebin torturó a estudiante en huelga de hambre. Runrun. [Online] 26 August. Available from: huelga-de-hambre.html [Accessed 26 October, 2015]; LA PATILLA. (2014) Estudiante detenido en el Sebin en huelga de hambre, recibió una brutal golpiza. La Patilla. [Online] 25 August. Available from: recibio-una-brutal-golpiza/ [Accessed 26 October, 2015] 686 FORO PENAL VENEZOLANO. (2015) Politically motivated detentions, torture, other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and killings (2014-2015)

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