Tuesday 17 July 2018

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader returns home

Antonio Ledezma was taken to a military prison (Eraldo Peres/AP)
Antonio Ledezma was taken to a military prison (Eraldo Peres/AP)

A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has been returned to his home after spending several days in jail.

The wife of Antonio Ledezma said on social media that the former Caracas mayor arrived home before dawn on Friday.

Security forces forcibly entered Mr Ledezma's apartment before dawn on Tuesday and took him to a military prison.

Officials accused him of violating the terms of his house arrest by posting anti-government messages on social media.

Opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez was also hauled back to jail for the same reason.

Foreign governments condemned the decision to jail both men, saying it could be the start of a new wave of repression against President Nicolas Maduro's opponents following a vote on Sunday to choose delegates to a special assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution.

Press Association

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