Prosecutor of Lopez ’93 Flees Venezuela, Condemns Conviction of Opposition Leader

Leopoldo Lopez ’93. Via panampost.com

Earlier this week, CNN and The New York Times reported that Franklin Nieves, one of the two central prosecutors in the trial of Leopoldo Lopez ’93, fled Venezuela and condemned the trial as a sham based on false evidence. Nieves explained his decision to leave the country in a video:

I decided to leave Venezuela with my family because of the pressure that I was under from the executive branch and my superiors to continue to defend the false evidence that was used to convict Leopoldo López…Those who know me know the anguish that I went through, how I couldn’t sleep because of the pain and the pressure that I felt continuing with the farce, continuing this case that unjustly violated the rights of this person.

Lopez’s lawyer and various opposition groups called for the trial’s conviction to be overturned and for the release of Lopez.

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