Rights group puts Venezuela jail deaths at 41, doubts official cause

December 1, 2014 11:11 PM

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CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan rights group says at least 41 inmates died in suspicious conditions last week, more than three times the official death toll authorities have blamed on overdoses.

The government said last week 13 inmates died after breaking into the infirmary ward of the David Viloria penitentiary center in the western state of Lara and gorging on medical products including alcohol and antibiotics.

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