The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions Thursday on the Maduro regime in Venezuela for assassinating military Captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo.
The measure will affect the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence and will increase pressure on Maduro’s regime.
Members of the Venezuelan forces were added to the list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), VOA reported.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the “politically motivated arrest and tragic death of Captain Rafael Acosta was unjustified and unacceptable.”
“The Department of the Treasury has pledged to end the inhumane treatment of Maduro’s former regime against political opponents, innocent civilians and members of the armed forces in an effort to suppress dissent,” he added.
Treasury sanctions Venezuela’s Military Counterintelligence Agency following the death of Venezuelan Navy Captain Rafael Acosta https://t.co/nkSBPTMihg
— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) July 11, 2019
For this reason, he announced that the U.S. will freeze all the properties that the Maduro regime counterintelligence directorate has under its jurisdiction.
He also banned the agency from doing business with all U.S. residents and entities.
The Venezuelan military’s lawyer denounced that he was tortured to death while in detention, accused of conspiracy to overthrow Maduro, CubaNet reported.
The last time he was seen in court, he could barely stand and could not speak.
The death, which has not yet been fully explained, has provoked strong negative reactions in the international community.