Billy Six: Berlin reporter is on its way from Venezuela to Germany

Billy Six
:Reporter is on his way to Germany

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Billy Six in jail, probably in a secret service office.

Billy Six in jail, probably in a secret service office.


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After four months of solitary confinement in Venezuela, the native of Brandenburg reporter Billy Six is on his way to Germany. This confirmed his father and the Foreign Office on Sunday the Berliner Zeitung. “We are glad that the case Billy Six after intensive efforts has taken a positive development,” it said from the Foreign Office.

The 32-year-old, who works for the right-wing conservative weekly Junge Freiheit, was arrested in Venezuela in mid-November. He spent 119 days in a solitary cell in the intelligence prison in Caracas.

Among other things, the journalist was accused of treason and espionage. So he is said to have crossed a barrier in May 2018 to take a photo of President Nicols Maduro. He also photographed a public military parade.

Family: Not Germany had provided for release but the Russians

On Friday evening, a court had released him – initially with conditions. So the journalist was not allowed to leave the country and had to report every 15 days to the Venezuelan authorities. The German embassy in Caracas now reached his departure for Germany. Six boarded a plane on Sunday.

For a long time, his family has raised serious allegations against the German Foreign Ministry. It had not formally protested against the detention of her son and demanded the release, as was always the case with other journalists. “The Federal Foreign Office has done a minimum of activities to avoid the charge of not doing anything,” said Edward Six on Sunday.

In addition, not the Foreign Office has provided for the release but the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He met his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza last Thursday during a meeting with the Austrian government in Vienna. The Venezuelan government readily responded to the Russians’ desire for immediate release.

As Six’s family writes on Facebook, the AFD member of the Bundestag and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Petr Bystron, has liaised with Lavrov. The Foreign Office does not want to comment on alleged help from the Russians.

Foreign Ministry rejects allegations

However, the Federal Foreign Office rejected the allegations of the family: “The German Embassy in Caracas provided consular assistance to Mr. Six from the time the detention was reported until he left Maiqueta Simn Bolvar Airport.” All German citizens receive consular assistance from the embassy. who are imprisoned somewhere abroad, even ordinary criminals.

When asked, the Federal Foreign Office added: “From the outset, the embassy has done everything possible to respect and respect Mr. Six’s rights.” In November, Ambassador Kriener demolished the case with Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Yvan Gil (issued a protest note, d. Red.). There were further high-level interventions later as well. “

Edward Six wants to pick up his son at the airport in Berlin on Monday. At least one thing he already knows: “His health is apparently quite good.”

For the release of the journalist, among other things, the organization “Reporters Without Borders” had used.