Venezuela opposition leaders jailed because they sought to flee: Court
AFP, Tuesday 1 Aug 2017


Two Venezuelan opposition leaders who were sent back to jail from house arrest were detained because of their political statements and because they were planning to flee, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

The court said in a statement that "official intelligence sources" had discovered that Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma -- who were taken from their homes at dawn, causing an international outcry -- were planning to flee.

It also said they had violated the terms of their house arrest, which banned them from "political campaigning" and "making statements to the media."

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