Madrid/ The Spanish government said in a statement that it has no intention of handing over Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez after the arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela, and expresses its desire to find a “solution as soon as possible.”
In a statement, the executive in Madrid notes that “Spain has no intention” of handing over the Venezuelan opposition leader, adding that Lopez, his wife, Lilian Tintori, and their 15-month-old daughter” are in the residence of the ambassador of Spain in Caracas by own will”.
Spain, adds the official note, “trusts that the Venezuelan authorities respect the inviolability of the residence of the Spanish ambassador.”
The Spanish Government admits the arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela “is an expected judicial movement.”
In a subsequent communication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation it is reported the ambassador of Spain in Venezuela, Jesus Silva Fernandez, “has met today with the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, with whom he has had occasion to analyze the situation.”
“The Government of Spain -referred the official note of Foreign Affairs- trusts that the bilateral relations between both countries won’t be affected by this situation. His wish is that a solution can be found as soon as possible, noting that in no case does he contemplate the delivery of Leopoldo Lopez to the Venezuelan authorities or his eviction from the ambassador’s residence.”
It adds “the Government of Spain keeps communication channels open with all parties and reiterates its willingness to contribute constructively to a democratic and peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis, also supporting the efforts of the International Contact Group.”
A Venezuelan court ordered Thursday to capture Lopez after considering that he broke his house arrest on Tuesday.
Lopez, who supported an ephemeral military uprising against the government of Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday in the streets of Caracas, was revoked the measure of house arrest “for flagrantly violating it,” says a press release issued by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ).
The high court notes the opponent, deprived of liberty since 2014 and sentenced to almost 14 years, also violated “the measure referred to the condition relative to political pronouncements by means (communication) conventional and unconventional, national and international.”
“Guest” in the residence of the Spanish ambassador
Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell had told EFE hours earlier that Lopez is “a guest” at the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Venezuela after his house arrest and that he “is not asylum-seeker” until they are cleared which are “their steps to follow”.
“According to Spanish legislation, asylum claims have to be produced in Spanish territory, therefore Mr. Lopez is not as an asylee, he is simply as a guest of the embassy until they clarify what steps to take” said Borrell in Amman, where he is visiting.
He said that Lopez “has not filed a claim for asylum, which in addition to formulate it would have to be carried out from Spanish territory in accordance with our legislation.”
4 dead in the protests in Venezuela
On the other hand, adolescents Yoifre Hernandez Vasquez, 14, and Yosner Graterol, 16, died Thursday after being injured in opposition protests in Venezuela, which increases to four the number of deaths since it occurred on Tuesday an ephemeral military uprising. (May 3, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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unas declaraciones que hizo el opositor Leopoldo López ante los medios.
las protestas que hubo en Venezuela hace unos días.
un comunicado del Gobierno español en relación con el opositor Leopoldo López.
el Gobierno español asegura que Leopoldo López no se encuentra en la casa del embajador.
el Gobierno español desmiente que haya una orden de captura contra Leopoldo López.
el Gobierno español dijo que Leopoldo López no será entregado a las autoridades venezolanas.
el Gobierno español espera que se encuentre una solución a esta crisis.
se desconoce si Leopoldo López apoyó o no un levantamiento contra Maduro.
el Gobierno español cree que las relaciones con Venezuela empeorarán tras lo ocurrido.
es posible que Leopoldo López pida asilo a España.
España ha dado asilo a Leopoldo López.
Leopoldo López ha estado varios años privado de libertad.
ningún militar liberó al opositor Leopoldo López.
se ha ordenado la detención de Leopoldo López.
Leopoldo López se encuentra en la embajada de España en Venezuela.
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una persona que acoge a una persona que pide asilo.
una persona que ayuda a una persona exiliada.
una persona que encuentra asilo en una embajada o en otro país