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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Being Held in Military Prison

CARACAS – Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma are being held at the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas, the facility from which they had been released to serve out their sentences under house arrest, sources close to the two men said Tuesday.

The Supreme Court said the two men had their house arrest revoked because they planned to leave the country.

“Information was received from official intelligence sources that detailed an escape plan by said citizens, so that, and with urgency in the case, the corresponding safeguard procedures were activated,” the high court said in a statement.

Lopez’s defense attorney, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, said the Circuito Exitos station that he confirmed that his client was being held at the military prison and hoped to visit him since Tuesday was “legal visiting day.”

Mitzy Capriles, Ledezma’s wife, said in a press conference in Madrid that her husband’s attorneys had confirmed that he was taken to Ramo Verde following his arrest early Tuesday.

Capriles told reporters that Ledezma and Lopez were detained because President Nicolas Maduro’s administration wanted them to give up their fight for freedom.

She said the arrests took place shortly after her husband released a video criticizing Sunday’s controversial election for an assembly with the power to change the South American country’s constitution.

Two courts in Caracas revoked the politicians’ house arrest “once it was verified that the conditions imposed were not fulfilled,” the Supreme Court said.

The ambassadors of Spain, Mexico, the United Kingdom and France are at the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which the government has threatened with a crackdown.

Ledezma was arrested on Feb. 19, 2015, for allegedly conspiring against the government and was imprisoned at Ramo Verde, where Lopez had been held, until being placed on house arrest two months later to recover from surgery.

The former Caracas mayor has still not been convicted in the case.

Lopez, for his part, spent more than three years at the military prison and his attorneys alleged that he was tortured.

Sentenced to almost 14 years in prison, Lopez was granted house arrest last month.

 

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