Matthew Heath Wiki
Matthew Heath Biography
Who is Matthew Heath?
Matthew Heath, 40, was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela on September 10, 2020, and charged with an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service to provoke unrest in the socialist country.
The court heard that Heath was later transferred to a clandestine torture center in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, where his fellow prisoner was ordered to rape him but refused, and that the officer threatened to rape him.
Heath detailed the alleged torture on the stand after identifying one of the alleged perpetrators, identified as Reynaldo Hernández, an agent with the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence while in court on Monday.
His lawyer Guillermo Heredia has argued that the Venezuelan security services fabricated the case against his client, citing discrepancies in the initial arrest documents and those presented in court.
Heath is currently on trial in Venezuela on espionage and terrorism charges and is believed to be held at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, a prison perversely dubbed ‘the House of Dreams’ which is under investigation by the United Nations.
The ex-marine’s family claimed he was mistakenly arrested while visiting friends in Aruba, a Caribbean island 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela.
Formemarine was stripped naked and tied to a wire mesh connected to a car battery, then shocked twice and threatened with rape as he was detained and tortured by Venezuelan counterintelligence, a court heard.
Soldiers guard a blockade outside the Fuerte Tiuna military complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Heath is believed to be held in the prison, perversely dubbed ‘the House of Dreams’ by Venezuela’s military intelligence, which is under investigation by the United Nations.
The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused Heath of involvement in the coup, being a spy and terrorism, citing controversial claims that the former Marine was arrested with weapons and explosives.
When Heath was arrested in September along with three Venezuelans, authorities said they found images of targets on his cell phone.
They published photos taken inside a grenade launcher, plastic explosives and a bag of US dollars which they said was being transported by the ‘terrorist cell’. But many, including Heath’s attorney, suspect the evidence was planted.
None of the items appeared in the first outdoor photos taken at the roadblock where they were arrested.
“All they are doing here is compiling a criminal file based on false evidence and false procedures to charge a US citizen,” Suju said. That is all they are doing.