Apologetic Venezuelan prosecutor says country's justice system ruled by fear

A Venezuelan state prosecutor who helped put prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez behind bars said he apologized to the jailed man's parents by phone this week after fleeing the country to avoid pressing the government's trumped-up case. "I'm ashamed. I broke up a family," Franklin Nieves told Reuters in an hour-long interview in Miami in which he accused the Venezuelan socialist government of pressing him to use false evidence to convict Lopez. "In Venezuela fear rules; that's the way the law is," he said.