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Friday, February 17, 2017

Leopoldo Lopez: Venezuela court upholds 14-year prison sentence

Venezuela's Supreme Court has upheld the 14-year jail sentence of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, a day after Donald Trump called for his release. Mr Lopez was found guilty of inciting violence during protests in 2014 in which 43 people - from both sides of the political divide - were killed. He has repeatedly said that his sentence was politically motivated. Thursday's ruling on an appeal by Mr Lopez's defence makes the conviction final, officials said. "Under this dictatorship, every sentence is null," said Mr Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, as she arrived in Caracas following a meeting in Washington with Mr Trump. More…


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