• Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat

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    CARACAS: The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said her husband had received a death threat from prison guards. Lopez, one of leftist President Nicolas Maduro’s most hardline opponents, was arrested in February 2014 amid a wave of anti-government protests that swept Venezuela and left 43 people dead. He is serving a 14-year sentence at a military prison. According to Lopez’s wife Lilian Tintori, a sergeant “said in front of other guards that Leopoldo needed to be killed and if they gave him the order, he would do it himself.” Lopez asked the man why he said that, “and the sergeant answered that he was only following orders from above,” Tintori said in a video posted on her Twitter account. Tintori said that she has asked for an “urgent” meeting with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez to discuss “what is going on” at the Ramo Verde military prison on the outskirts of Caracas. Lopez has repeatedly declared himself innocent of the crime for which he was convicted — inciting violence at the 2014 anti-government protests.

    AFP

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