Venezuelan court confirms sentence of jailed opposition leader

A court in Caracas Friday confirmed a more than 13-year prison sentence against Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, rejecting an appeal by his lawyers.

In September 2015, Lopez, head of the Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party, was found guilty of inciting violence and conspiracy. He was sentenced to 13 years and nine months in prison.

His lawyers wanted the sentence to be overturned, citing irregularities in Lopez' trial.

Defence attorney Juan Carlos Gutiérrez said the legal team had now exhausted its possibilities for appeal at the national, but not at the international level.

Lopez had called for demonstrations in February 2014 against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. More than 40 people died in street clashes.

Last update: Sat, 13/08/2016 - 11:57

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