Venezuelan Opposition Leader, Leopoldo López, Wrongly Convicted and Sentenced to 13 Years and 9 Months

Caracas – Today, Judge Susana Barreiros of the 28th Trial Court of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas convicted the Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo López, and gave him a sentence of 13 years and 9 months in prison for the charges of conspiracy, incitement to commit crimes, arson, and damage to public property.  The Government’s claim was that his speeches about non-violence inspired people to violence because they could be interpreted “between the lines.”  While López has already spent a year-and-a-half in prison, this conviction further bars him from elected office for the duration of his sentence.