Wife of Venezuelan jailed leader describes 3 years of torture

fox newsCARACAS – Leopoldo Lopez was isolated 548 of his first 1,000 days in prison. And the count is likely to grow, as he continues to be the most visible symbol of the Venezuelan opposition.

Just recently, after his wife’s visit to President Trump in the White House, he was punished for it with 15 days of no visitors.

“Leopoldo is a moral leader, whose leadership is feared by the regime,” Lopez’s wife, Liliana Tintori, said to Fox News. “They are afraid of his words, his ideas, his power to motivate Venezuelans, so they keep him isolated.”

For the last three years, the Harvard-educated lawyer and economist has lived in a 7 by 10 ft. cell in the inhabited fourth floor of a military prison outside Caracas. It has a bed, a small window and no artificial light. At 8:00 p.m. everything gets dark until the next morning. …

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