Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López returned home

Aug. 6 (UPI) — Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, said her husband has been returned home to continue serving house arrest after spending days in a military prison.

Tintori made the announcement Saturday night on Twitter. Venezuelan security forces re-arrested López early Tuesday.

“They just transferred Leopoldo to the house. We continue with more conviction and firmness to achieve peace and the freedom of Venezuela!” Tintori wrote.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro‘s regime has not yet revealed why López was re-arrested or why he was returned home.

The Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, or SEBIN, spy agency arrested López and Antonio Ledezma, another key opposition leader, during raids early Tuesday. Ledezma returned to house arrest on Friday.

Venezuela’s high court — the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, or TSJ — in early July announced López would be relocated out of the Ramo Verde military prison, where he was re-jailed this week, for transfer to house arrest.

Tintori said her husband was tortured and lost about 13 pounds and part of his sight before being placed on house arrest.

Ledezma, the former mayor of Caracas, was also imprisoned at Ramo Verde before he was granted house arrest in April 2015 after he was hospitalized over a groin hernia that required surgery.

Some leaders in the Venezuelan opposition said the arrest of the leaders is an act of revenge after López and Ledezma recorded and released respective videos condemning Maduro’s recent National Constituent Assembly, which the opposition has decried as an attempt to rewrite Venezuela’s Constitution to further empower Maduro.

Venezuela has undergone more than three months of nearly daily protests. Though there have been some demonstrations in support of Maduro’s regime, most are anti-government protests decrying the country’s economic collapse under Maduro’s government and what the opposition says is the deterioration of democracy and the violent repression of peaceful protesters at the hands of Venezuelan security forces.

Venezuela’s economic crisis, exacerbated by a fall in oil prices, has caused basic goods, including food and medicine, to be in short supply, unavailable or unaffordable.


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