Venezuela military court jails 27 students

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© AFP/File | An injured opposition activist is taken away by volunteer medics during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on July 1

CARACAS (AFP) – A Venezuelan military court jailed 27 students accused of “rebellion” in anti-government protests, a non-governmental watchdog said Tuesday.”The prosecutor charged them with crimes of instigating rebellion, theft of armed forces property, destruction and violation of a security zone,” said lawyer Alfredo Romero, director of the judicial watchdog Foro Penal.

He said the 27 were arrested on Sunday at UPEL university in the northern city of Maracay after protests against the government.

Five other suspects, all women, were sentenced to house arrest after being detained on the same occasion, according to Romero.

Foro Penal had previously warned that scores of people were being brought before military courts over civil charges relating to recent months of anti-government unrest.

It said the…

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