CARACAS – Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez returned on Saturday to his house under house arrest, days after he was taken away due to fears he would escape and after he stayed less than a week in a military prison.
Although no Venezuelan authority has issued information about it, a dozen Venezuelan intelligence police patrols and several hooded officials began to arrive at Lopez’s home in the east of Caracas, following a tweet by his wife, Lilian Tintori.
Tintori had earlier tweeted “They have just moved Leopoldo to the house. We continue to be more convinced and determined to achieve the peace and freedom in Venezuela!”
Lopez was taken from his residence by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) early Tuesday, according to CCTV footage from his house.
The house arrest of another opponent of the government, Antonio Ledezma, Mayor of Caracas, was revoked the same day since both had allegedly planned to escape, according to the intelligence agency.
Lopez, serving a sentence for promoting an anti-government protest that led to violence, was put under house arrest less than a month ago, after spending three years in a military jail in Ramo Verde, in partial isolation.
Some penitentiary benefits were granted to the opposition politician, who was sent back Saturday without prior notice, thanks to the former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s mediation between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.
The restitution of the measure has taken place the same day when the new National Constituent Assembly, with supra-constitutional powers, held its first session and took harsh measures for state reforms.
On Sunday morning, the Truth Commission of the Assembly was to be set up to investigate violence in Venezuela in anti-government protests, many of which were promoted by Lopez’s party.
On Friday, Mayor Ledezma was also sent back home to be under house arrest after a medical examination ordered by the competent court, according to a Caracas court.
Ledezma’s wife, Mitzy Capriles, reported about the mayor’s return, adding her husband, on entering the house, said he returned expressing anguish that Lopez and more than 600 political prisoners remain behind bars.