Venezuelan Court Convicts, Imprisons Opposition Leader Lopez

Washington

In response to a judge in Caracas sentencing the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López to more than 13 years in prison for his role in an anti-government protest, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“López’ trial was a mockery of justice,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice-president. “President Maduro decided to silence an articulate political opponent and showed the judiciary to be the president’s puppet.  In the eyes of the government, López’ crime was to dare to lead a protest march against policies that are trampling the fundamental rights of citizens and bankrupting the economy.”

Venezuela is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014.

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