Venezuela to charge 8 police in young men’s disappearance, death

CARACAS (Reuters) – Eight policemen in Venezuela are to be charged after two young men were taken into custody then found shot dead in bushes, the country’s public prosecutor’s office said yesterday.

Venezuela has the second worst homicide rate in the world, according to United Nations, and government officials acknowledge police are often involved in violent crime.

Alejandro Garcia, 22, and Jose Frias, 20, were picked up by police on Feb 16 in western Zulia state “and then disappeared until the following day when they were found in bushes with various gunshots,” the public prosecutor’s office said.

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