Venezuelan judge claims she was raped in prison
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Venezuelan judge says she was raped in prison
The case of Venezuelan Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, in custody for almost three years amid international condemnation of her imprisonment, took an unexpected turn with the publication of a book in which she says she was raped in prison.
Arrested in December 2009 after the flight abroad of a businessman charged with various crimes, an occurrence that led Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to denounce her, Afiuni reported that she was raped in a Caracas jail.
She became pregnant after the assault and underwent an abortion behind bars, Afiuni told the book's author, Francisco Olivares.
In the first public reaction from the government, the minister for women's affairs, Nancy Perez, said she had received no complaint about the alleged rape, but said that if there are guilty parties they will be punished.
Afiuni, now 46, was moved from prison to house arrest in February 2010.
"We're upset - I don't know what to say. In the family we didn't know anything like that happened, on top of all the other monstrosities inflicted on her," the judge's elder brother, Nelson Afiuni, told Efe Friday after learning of the revelation.
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