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An arrested judge at the centre of one of Venezuela's most prominent human rights cases was raped in prison and then had an abortion behind bars after becoming pregnant, according to the judge's lawyer and a book published last week in Caracas that has stirred new controversy around the case.
The judge, María Lourdes Afiuni, was imprisoned in December 2009 after one of her rulings angered President Hugo Chávez. Human rights activists say her jailing was arbitrary and shows lack of judicial independence in Venezuela.
Her lawyer, José Amalio Graterol, Monday confirmed the account of rape, which he said occurred in 2010 in a prison outside Caracas. He said other women in the prison had also been abused.