Kamla says gov’t covering up Venezuelan baby death as witnesses deported

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Kamla says gov’t covering up Venezuelan baby death as witnesses deported

Opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes the move by the Rowley Government, to deport the 35 Venezuelan refugees including some 18 young children who were witnesses to the killing of baby Yaelvis Sarabia Santoyo, reeks of a State-orchestrated cover-up.

In a release, she said “Most concerning is that the swift deportation was done in collusion with the regime of Nicolas Maduro. These migrants who were fleeing the terror of the Maduro regime have now been handed over to his military forces.”

She added that the Prime Minister’s revelation in Parliament Friday that he spoke with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez raises more questions, given that this rushed deportation followed.

According to Persad-Bissessar “It is clear that the Rowley regime, in collusion with the Maduro regime, is desperately trying to suppress the facts of the killing in which a baby’s head was blown apart by a member of the Coast Guard.”

“How can there be a transparent and credible investigation into this killing when all the witnesses who were on that vessel save for the child’s mother and her young daughter were deported?”

She added: “This deportation provides evidence that the investigation into this incident was nothing but a sham and damage control in the face of international outrage. One can therefore conclude that there will be no justice for baby Yaelvis Sarabia Santoyo.”

The UNC leader said the Rowley Government must answer for this as the Opposition demands an urgent independent inquiry into this incident.