Leopoldo López, Venezuelan opposition leader, sentenced to nearly fourteen years in jail

A judge on Thursday found the Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López guilty of inciting violence from his role in anti government protests.

 

He was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison

 

López has been jailed inside Ramo Verde military prison since February 2014. Defense lawyer Roberto Marrero announced on Twitter that López will continue to be held at this location.

 

Critics say that the trial was politically motivated and several human rights organizations said that the entire process lacked basic guarantees of due process.

 

López told activist groups he was not given the right to present witnesses or any evidence at the trial.

 

Earlier in the day, violence broke out around the Venezuelan courthouse. One man was killed and several people were injured when police in riot gear tried to keep both sides of protesters separated.

 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the imprisonment of López and several NGOs described this trial as a complete and utter sham.

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