Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Colombia stance on jailed Venezuelan leader irks Caracas | The Miami Herald

Venezuela on Tuesday said its relationship with Colombia had taken a “dangerous step backward” after its neighbor came out in favor of the release of Leopolodo López, a jailed Venezuelan politician. The statement from Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry comes after the former presidents of Colombia and Chile, Andres Pastrana and Sebastian Piñera, were blocked over the weekend from visiting López at the Ramo Verde jail on the outskirts of Caracas where he has been held for almost a year.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the presidents of supporting coup plotters and said they would be “stained with blood” if their visit stirred up violence. Monday night, Colombia’s Foreign Ministry came out in Pastrana’s defense.

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