|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AUGUST 2, 2005
CONTACT: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Despite Four Months of Abduction, Rape, and Torture Still No Justice for Venezuelan Woman
WASHINGTON - August 2 - Four years after being kidnapped, raped, and tortured over a period of four months, Linda Loaiza is still recovering from the physical and emotional battering that she suffered. After years of evasion, her captor and tormentor has still not been brought to justice. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, is launching an advocacy campaign to ensure that justice is done.
In July of 2001, Loaiza was rescued by police in
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Carrerra Almoina, whose influential father was president of a major university in
Linda’s case was deferred by the Venezuelan justice system 29 times; 59 judges declined to prosecute the man accused of torturing her. More than three years later, Linda had to go on a 13-day hunger strike on the courthouse steps before the case finally went to trial, but on October 21, 2004, Carrera Almoina and his father were acquitted of all charges. The judge cited a “lack of evidence” and, astonishingly, ordered an investigation of Loaiza, her father, and sister for involvement in prostitution.
Loaiza appealed the decision and in April, after much outcry and protest, an appeals court annulled the ruling and called for a new trial. The new trial was initially slated to begin at the end of July, but the defense has already delayed its start twice.. Given the history of this case, there is reason for concern about whether justice will finally be served.
“Through our advocacy arm, www.JusticeForLinda.org, International Planned Parenthood is rallying its supporters here in the
The International Planned Parenthood Federation,