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Venezuela names new spy chief after uproar over prisoner death

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By Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has named army General Manuel Cristopher as the new chief of the Sebin intelligence agency, according to the Official Gazette circulating on Wednesday.

His designation followed the death of opposition politician Fernando Alban in Sebin custody, which the government said was a suicide but opposition leaders called a murder.

(Reporting by Vivian Sequera and Mayela Armas, writing by Brian Ellsworth)