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Venezuelan police held for death of diplomat’s daughter

The Americas Post - When cops shoot a diplomat's daughter, there are consequences. Photo Credit: ACN

Venezuela announced Saturday the arrest of 11 police officers suspected in the death of the Chilean consul’s daughter in western Zulia state, in yet another black eye for the crime-plagued country.

Karen Berendique, 19, died in a confusing incident on Friday night after officers allegedly opened fire on a vehicle driven by her brother in the capital of Zulia, Maracaibo.

“The prosecution will present charges in the next few hours against 11 officers of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC) linked to the death of Karen Berendique,” the Justice ministry said in a statement.

Chilean consul Fernando Berendique on Saturday said CICPC members were responsible for the death of his daughter.

“She was killed when they went to a reunion with his school friends,” said the diplomat.  He explained that before being fired on they were ordered to stop the car in the dark, but his son did not do so for fear of an assault.

According to surveys, insecurity is considered the biggest problem for the 29 million Venezuelan population.   According to official data the oil-producing country has a murder rate of 48 deaths per 100,000 people, but independent agencies believe the figure is much higher.

Earlier this year, Mexico’s ambassador in Venezuela and his wife were kidnapped by common criminals in Caracas, but released four hours later.