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Venezuelan Prosecutor to File Appeal against Opposition Leader’s Imprisonment

CARACAS – The Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office announced on Wednesday that it will file an appeal in the case of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opposition leader who was detained by intelligence services on Tuesday and taken to a military prison after his house arrest was revoked.

In an interview with CNN, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega said that the court was obliged to inform the Public Ministry of the decision to revoke Ledezma’s house arrest. However, Ortega said that “we were not informed.”

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that Ledezma and fellow opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez had their house arrest revoked as they “were planning to escape.”

Ledezma was arrested in February 2015 on charges of conspiracy and association with criminal intent.

After being held for two months at Ramo Verde military prison, he was released and put under house arrest for health reasons.

Lopez was placed under house arrest on July 8 after being held for more than three years in the Ramo Verde prison, where his lawyers claimed he had been tortured on several occasions.

The two leaders’ were transferred from house arrest back to prison in the wake of Sunday’s disputed National Constituent Assembly election called by president Nicolas Maduro, which the opposition has denounced as fraudulent.

 

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