Key op­po­si­tion lead­ers seized af­ter poll

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

Two Venezue­lan op­po­si­tion lead­ers, Leopoldo López and An­to­nio Ledezma, have been re-ar­rested in a move con­demned in­ter­na­tion­ally.

They were un­der house ar­rest af­ter ac­cu­sa­tions of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence dur­ing antigov­ern­ment protests in 2014.

The two have been taken to Ramo Verde mil­i­tary jail, fam­ily mem­bers say.

The Supreme Court, which crit­ics say is dom­i­nated by gov­ern­ment loy­al­ists, said it had re­ceived in­tel­li­gence re­ports al­leg­ing the two were try­ing to flee.

The court also said that it had re­voked Mr Ledezma’s and Mr López’s house ar­rest be­cause they had made po­lit­i­cal state­ments.

The UN’s High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said he was “deeply con­cerned” that the pair had been taken back into cus­tody.

The move comes just two days af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial vote for a con­sti­tu­tional as­sem­bly saw vi­o­lence on the streets, with at least 10 peo­ple killed.

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