I recently collected a first-hand story from Lopez’s father, Leopoldo (Leo) Lopez Sr...On the phone from Madrid, Leo related how Diosdado Cabello, a top Maduro lieutenant and a leading protégé of the late strongman Hugo Chavez, tried to push his son to leave Venezuela, then carried out his arrest, and managed his trial. “Leopoldo went into hiding in mid-February of 2014 after the government put out a warrant for his arrest,” recalls Leo. “On February 14, about midnight, I had 30 guys dressed in black with machine guns surrounding my house in Caracas looking for him.”
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