Monday, 10 July 2017
Venezuela opposition leader moved to house arrest after three years in prison
The Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo López, was transferred to house arrest Saturday after spending more than three years in a military prison. The supreme court said in a statement that it had granted López the “humanitarian measures” for health reasons and “serious signs of irregularities” in the handling of the case that it did not specify.
Outside López’s house in the capital, Caracas, a few dozen supporters arrived carrying Venezuelan flags to celebrate along with journalists looking for information about whether the transfer may have been part of a larger deal between the opposition and President Nicolás Maduro’s government. The opposition has been demanding the release of dozens of activists it considers political prisoners, the most prominent being López, in order to initiate talks aimed at resolving a political crisis that has left more than 90 people dead and hundreds injured.