Venezuelan official: Caracas councilman dies in jail

A mourner of the municipal lawmaker Fernando Alban holds a placard that reads

Questions and condemnation of Venezuela's leadership poured in Tuesday following the suspicious death of an opposition activist who authorities say evaded justice by throwing himself from the 10th floor of a police building.

Borges, who led the delegation to the United Nations, said Alban's wife told him that her husband had been under intense pressure to testify against him in the ongoing probe into the alleged plot in early August to kill Maduro using two drones loaded with explosives.

In a Twitter post, Reverol said that while in the waiting room on the 10th floor of the headquarters of state intelligence agency SEBIN, Alban had jumped from the window to his death.

"We are concerned about news of his death".

The opposition First Justice party, to which Alban belonged, said it was holding Maduro's government responsible.

In a statement, the European Union also demanded "a thorough and independent investigation" to clarify the circumstances of Alban's "tragic death".

The government has denied that it is detaining people as political prisoners and has said that they were fairly jailed.

In a statement, the party said their member "was murdered at the hands of the regime of Nicolas Maduro".

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Venezuela's president survived an attack on his life during a military parade celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in the capital of Caracas on August 4.

A second explosion was heard and then the assembled troops could be seen breaking formation and scattering in panic.

"There's no doubt this was an assassination", Borges said in a video from exile in neighboring Colombia.

"This is disturbing and the government has a responsibility to ensure all understand how that could have happened", Corker, a Republican, said on Twitter.

"Those of us who knew Fernando know that he could NEVER have acted against his life", he said on Twitter.

Alban's lawyer, Joel Garcia, told reporters that when he last saw Alban on Sunday "he was not beaten, he was fine".

Interior and Justice Minister General Nestor Reverol lamented the death of the politician who, he said, was "involved in destabilizing acts directed from overseas". Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Monday that Salazar, who was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, has died of suicide.

The United States in August condemned alleged arbitrary detentions and forced confessions by the Venezuelan government in its investigation of the drone incident.

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