In simultaneous but separate raids after midnight, the Secret Police SEBIN took the two opposition figures, both of whom had been under house arrest
CARACAS – The Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) re-arrested opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, of the Voluntad Popular (VP) party, and Antonio Ledezma, of the Alianza Bravo Pueblo (ABP) party, sources close to the two had reported early Tuesday.
“They have just taken Lopez from the house,” Lopez’s wife Lilian Tintori had tweeted earlier on Tuesday, holding President Nicolas Maduro responsible if something happened to her husband.
Lawmaker Richard Blanco of the opposition ABP party had tweeted about Ledezma’s detention.
Representatives of the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) shared a video on twitter that showed Ledezma being taken from his residence by SEBIN officers.
A source close to Lopez told EFE he was arrested by SEBIN around the same time as Ledezma, from his home, where he has been detained since July 8.
Hours earlier, in a video circulated on social media, Ledezma had rejected Maduro’s challenge to the opposition to participate in the regional elections scheduled for the end of the year and asserted people shouldn’t give in anymore to the National Electoral Council which, he said, participated in one of the biggest frauds on Sunday, referring to the constituent assembly elections held by the government.
Ledezma was arrested on Feb. 19, 2015, for alleged conspiracy against the government, and after two months at a military prison, was placed under house arrest to recuperate from a hernia surgery.