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Rodrigo Ventocilla, a young Peruvian, died on August 11 in police custody on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali.
Ventocilla (32), a transgender activist and student at Harvard University in the US, was detained at Bali’s Denpasar-Nura airport on August 6.
According to a Bali police spokesperson, customs officials found suspicious items in his travel bag and arrested him for suspected drug possession.
He died five days later in hospital after police transferred him after he started vomiting, according to local media reports.
The family issued a statement denying the official version He accused Indonesian police of ill-treatment of Ventosilla and deny him access to an assigned attorney.
The family described the arrest of the young Peruvian “The Act of Racism and Transphobia” and assured the authorities that the products in his luggage were “related to his psychiatric treatment, for which he had medical prescriptions”.
Ventocilla was on her honeymoon in Bali with her husband, Sebastian Marellano, who arrived on a different flight. She was arrested when she tried to help her husbandCorroborating the family’s statement.
The families denounced the Bali Police for demanding “exorbitant money” in exchange for the release of the two Peruvians. According to the family version, both were admitted to the hospital on August 9. Ventocilla was transferred to another location, where he eventually died.
A police spokesman said he was hospitalized and died of “total organ failure” after taking drugs that did not interfere with the search that led to his arrest. But the family accuses Indonesian authorities of not allowing an independent examination of the body and insists the cause of death remains unclear.
His relatives condemned this They prevented him from entering the hospital And they could not communicate with him or know about his diagnosis and health.
They also condemned being abandoned by the charge d’affaires of the Peruvian embassy in Bali, who did not respond to their messages.
The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected the family’s version of events and Denies that the arrest of the two men is an act of discrimination and transphobia.
In a statement, he said Indonesian authorities informed the consulate in Bali of the arrest after “objects with traces of cannabis and various articles made with that substance” were found in his luggage.
The Ministry of External Affairs asserts that “It’s common sense” Indonesia maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding drug possession.
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