European Union is preparing to impose sanctions on Venezuelan security officials

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday the bloc was preparing to impose new sanctions on Venezuelan security officials involved in human rights abuses after a naval captain died in custody and allegedly tortured.

Mujerini said the death of Rafael Acosta in prison for participating in an attempted coup was “a stark example” of the deteriorating situation in the country under a security crackdown launched by the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“The EU is ready to work to implement specific measures aimed at security personnel involved in torture and other human rights violations,” Mugherini said in a statement.

The United States announced on July 11 new sanctions on intelligence in Venezuela following the death of Acosta.

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