Venezuelan Justice Takes Humanitarian Measure in Favor of Opponent

Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) granted home arrest to Venezuelan opponent Leopoldo Lopez, who was serving time in a prison in the state of Miranda and was having health problems.

The humanitarian measure, decreed by TSJ Vice President Maikel Moreno, came into force on Friday night, as there were serious irregularities in the distribution of the file to an Enforcement Court, according to the ruling from the judicial body.

Lopez, who is the founding national coordinator of Voluntad Popular, is a Venezuelan extreme right-wing politician, former mayor and ex-presidential pre-candidate, who was disqualified for corruption and links with institutions financed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In 2002, he headed the opposition march to the Miraflores Palace (the government’s venue) in Caracas that led to the coup d’état and kidnapping of then President Hugo Chávez (1954-2013). In February 2014, he called for civil disobedience and the execution of La Salida plan through ‘guarimbas’ (arbitrary blocking of streets with violent actions), as a result of which 43 people were killed and more than 800 were injured in Venezuela. For that reason, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Ramo Verde, state of Miranda.

Despite his record, the Venezuelan extreme right wing has launched a media campaign to improve Lopez’s image internationally.

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