Mandela Lawyer Joins Defense of Venezuela Opposition Head

Irwin Cotler, a former justice minister and attorney general of Canada who helped free Nelson Mandela, has joined the legal team of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Cotler, a 74-year-old congressman for Montreal, became Lopez’s “international counsel” Thursday after hearing the jailed leader’s wife and colleagues describe his treatment by the Venezuelan government at the Canadian Parliament, his assistant Jacob Binder said by telephone from Ottawa.