Foreign ministry calls for dialogue in wake of López trial in Venezuela

The country’s foreign ministry had launched a call for dialogue in Venezuela even as it criticized the trial of Leopoldo López and four student supporters.

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said it viewed with deep preoccupation the recent trial and said it hoped that there was judicial guarantees of due process available that an independent judiciary in a democratic state ought to provide.

López, 44, was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison in connection with opposition-led protests last year that turned deadly when state forces clashed with demonstrators. The trial was closed.

He is the leader of the main opposition party, Voluntad Pública.

The foreign ministry here also noted that legislative elections are near in Venezuela and called for active participation and unrestricted access for international observers.

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