LÓPEZ DEFENSE TEAM SLAMS VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT FOR “OUTRAGEOUS” COMMENTS ON FIRST DAY OF TRIAL

Caracas – Today, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, lawyer for imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo López, filed a complaint against President Maduro before the Venezuela Supreme Court.  In making the filing today, Mr. Gutierrez commented: “President Maduro’s public comments about Leopoldo’s case violated the sacred rights of a criminal defendant enshrined in our Constitution.”  Jared Genser, international counsel to Mr. López further remarked: “President Maduro’s comments are an egregious and outrageous violation of Leopoldo’s internationally-protected rights to the presumption of innocence and independence of the judiciary.”