Opposition leader Lopez’s prison sentence upheld

Venezuela’s Appeals court upholds the 14-year prison sentence for opposition leader and figurehead Leopoldo Lopez. He was convicted of inciting violence, during protests in 2014, charges which are widely regarded as entirely fabricated. One of the judges in the original case, Franklin Nieves, who has since fled to United States, has said that he was pressured to frame Lopez on false claims. 

Jesus Torrealba, secretary of the opposition Alliance, called the decision to maintain Lopez’s sentence, “illegal and unjust,” adding on her Twitter account that Lopez “will be freed by the vote of the people.”