United Nations calls for probe into death of jailed Venezuelan lawmaker

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

A mourner of the municipal lawmaker Fernando Alban holds a placard that reads"Proof of life of all political prisoners in front of riot police members standing outside the headquarters of Bolivarian National Intelligence Service in Caracas Ven

The official suicide claim drew swift denial from opposition leaders close to Fernando Alban, and a few dozen of his supporters gathered outside the headquarters of Venezuela's intelligence service yelling "Maduro killer!" contending that he had been murdered.

The councilman would appear later in the day before the courts for alleged involvement in the failed assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in August.

The country's chief prosecutor said that Alban killed himself Monday by leaping from the 10th floor of the state police agency's headquarters, where he was being held for alleged involvement in an worldwide plot to kill Maduro using explosive-laden drones.

The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker, called on Maduro to explain the reasons for Alban's death.

"We do indeed call for a transparent, independent investigation to clarify the circumstances of his death".

Opposition leader Julio 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.

Fernando Alban was arrested last week for alleged involvement in the explosion of two drones during a military parade that was led by President Nicolas Maduro which injured seven soldiers in August.

. On Monday, Reverol said Alban had also been investigated for "destabilising activities directed from overseas".

"We hold Maduro and his regime of torture responsible", it said in a statement.

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

Maduro said the blasts were from explosives-laden drones sent to assassinate him, though opposition figures accuse Maduro of fabricating the incident to step up repression in his country, which is suffering an economic crisis.

The attorney general promised a thorough investigation.

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

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said via Twitter that the opposition politician had been detained at SEBIN since Oct 5, Xinhua news agency reported.

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

According to reports, former Venezuelan parliamentarian Julio Borges who is living in Colombia is suspected to have played a role in the assassination attempt.

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