Fernando Albán: Venezuela protests over jailed opposition lawmaker's death

Venezuelan official: Caracas councilman dies in jail

Venezuelan official: Caracas councilman dies in jail

"At the moment he was going to be transported to court, while he was in the SEBIN waiting room, he jumped from the window of the building and fell, causing his death", Reverol wrote.

Maduro was unharmed but several members of the military sustained injuries.

Alban had been jailed over accusations that he took part in an alleged, failed drone attack on President Nicolas Maduro on August 4.

Members of Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) stand guard as mourners of the municipal lawmaker Fernando Alban gather outside its headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela on October 8, 2018.

First Justice said Alban's arrest was owing to statements he made at the U.N. General Assembly last month in NY denouncing humans rights violations in Venezuela.

That account differed slightly from the one offered by Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab, who said in televised statements that Alban had asked to use a bathroom and jumped from there.

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.

The Venezuelan government and the opposition have also disputed the reasons behind Alban's arrest.

Opposition leader Julio Borges said Salazar was a personal friend and cast doubts on the suicide claim.

The opposition and rights groups have said that Maduro's administration is holding hundreds of political prisoners on trumped-up charges meant to stifle dissent.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who is in Venezuela for meetings with Maduro and his opponents, called Alban's death while in the government's custody "disturbing".

"They have tried to assassinate me today, and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right and the Colombian ultra-right", Maduro said the same day.

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

"The EU reiterates its call to the Venezuelan government to release all political prisoners", added EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.

The city councilman's lawyer, Joel Garcia, told reporters it was too soon to confirm whether the case was a suicide.

The United States in August condemned alleged arbitrary detentions and forced confessions by the Venezuelan government in its investigation of the drone incident.

"This criminal dictatorship should leave Venezuela now", he tweeted.