Published On: Thu, Feb 13th, 2014

Bench warrant against Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López

leopoldo-lopez1CARACAS - The capture of the founder of opposition political Voluntad Popular (People's Will, VP) party, Leopoldo López, on the grounds of his alleged liability for the violent events occurred in Caracas on Wednesday has been ordered.

On Wednesday evening, Caracas 16th Control Judge Ralenys Tovar Guillén admitted the petition made by the Attorney General Office to detain the ex Chacao mayor and ordered the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) to apprehend him and enter his residence for the purposes of conducting a search, police sources reported.

Under warrant of arrest N 007-14, the judge ordered to capture López to sue him for a wide array of offenses, ranging from conspiracy, solicitation to commit a crime, public intimidation, fire of public premises, damages of public property, murder and terrorism.

The decision against López came shortly after the National Assembly Speaker, Diosdado Cabello, charged him with the violent events occurred on Wednesday at the end of an opposition march resulting in the death of two students and a pro-government leader.

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