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Freed from Military Jail, Venezuelan Political Prisoner López Meets with International Mediators

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 13, 2017, 1:02 pm
Venezuelan Political Prisoner López
According to the family of Leopodo López, the former president of Spain was instrumental in getting him transferred to house arrest. (Twiter)

EspañolThe former President of Spain Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero paid a visit this week to Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan activist who was held as a political prisoner by Nicolás Maduro’s regime. Zapatero has been an active player in helping solve the country’s crisis, having served as a mediator between the Maduro regime and the Venezuelan opposition.

López appears to have been busy speaking with a number of high-standing political figures working against Maduro’s dictatorship.

He also spoke to Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, over the phone, in addition to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who congratulated him on the courage he had shown during his time in prison.


Tweet: And so, former president Zapatero visits @leopoldolopez while under house arrest. LL sends strong msg of fight for the liberty of ALL of Vnzla

According to López’s family, the former Spanish President was a key figure in helping transfer the political prisoner to house arrest.

Meanwhile, the conversation López has with Secretary General Almagro reportedly focused on the importance of the upcoming referendum being organized by the political opposition.

Luis Almagro @Almagro_OEA2015
I am sharing the conversation that I just had with @Leopoldolopez in #Venezuela. Democracy needs to return now!

Luis Almagro @Almagro_OEA2015
Venezuela is pushing for an electoral calendar, humane treatment AN respect, and the release of political prisoners @Leopoldolopez

“They emphasized the urgent need for the regime to end repression, the immediate need for a comprehensive electoral calendar, the opening of a humanitarian channel to meet the needs of the people in the country, the complete restoration of the powers of the National Assembly and the release of all political prisoners,” an OAS statement said.

Almagro also insisted that López needed to be fully freed.

Sources: Diario Las Américas

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.