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Jailed Venezuela police chief ending hunger strike

Saturday - 5/31/2014, 8:30pm  ET

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A former police chief whose decade-long imprisonment has been taken up as a cause by Venezuela's opposition is ending a hunger strike after five days.

Ivan Simonovis is serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated murder related to his role in the death of pro-government protesters who rushed to the defense of then-President Hugo Chavez in a failed 2002 coup.

His wife sent a message on Twitter saying that the 53-year-old will suspend his hunger strike Sunday but isn't giving up his fight to be released on humanitarian grounds. The decision comes a day after a judge ruled that SImonovis' health is stable.

Simonovis' lawyer say the former metropolitan Caracas safety director suffers from 19 different illnesses, including advanced osteoporosis.


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