February 16, 2017 / 12:25 AM / in 10 months

Trump calls on Venezuela to release jailed opposition leader Lopez

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Venezuela to release opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was sentenced last year to nearly 14 years in prison on charges of inciting anti-government protests in 2014.

Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, poses for a picture in front of a poster depicting her husband at the office of the party Popular Will (Voluntad Popular) in Caracas, Venezuela January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

“Venezuela should allow Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner & husband of @liliantintori (just met w/ @marcorubio) out of prison immediately,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

Trump held a White House meeting with Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, and Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida on Wednesday.

Reporting by Eric Walsh

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