Opponent Leopoldo López confirmed this Thursday that he is putting himself at the disposal of “the judiciary” of Spain after the Supreme Court of Venezuela (TSJ) agreed to request his extradition so that he can serve the remainder of his sentence on Venezuelan territory.
“In view of the persecution of the Maduro dictatorship, which is now reflected in an illegal extradition request, I have again submitted myself to the judiciary, this time from a country with democratic institutions, separation of powers and justice in which I fully trust,” said López through his account on the Twitter social network.
López has also published a document in which his legal representative, Roberto Alonso Verdú, conveyed to the National Supreme Court the “absolute readiness” of the opponent to “voluntarily appear as often as initiated by this illustrious hearing on the occasion of the extradition.”
“It is your honor to avoid pre-trial and / or police action as I am already seen as having appeared and available to the relevant judicial authority,” the text adds.
The TSJ said on Tuesday that it was “appropriate” to call on the Spanish authorities to extradite López, who had been sentenced to fourteen years in prison in 2015 for inciting violence in the opposition revolt a year earlier against the government of President Nicolás Mature.
For example, he stated that López is still serving a sentence of “eight years, six months, 25 days and 12 hours” for having been convicted of committing the crimes of establishing the incendiary crime, establishing the damaging crime and the perpetrator of public crimes Incitement and Association “.
At the end of October 2020, López, chairman of the opposition People’s Party, left the Spanish embassy in Caracas, where he had been since April 30, 2019, to secretly cross the border to Colombia, from where he flew to Spain.