Trump calls for 'immediate' release of Venezuela's political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez

| Updated: Feb 16, 2017 13:39 IST

WashingtonD.C. [USA], Feb. 16(ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump called on Venezuela on Wednesday night to release opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez 'immediately'. Trump shared a photo of himself with Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, on Twitter and tweeted, "Venezuela should allow Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner and husband of @liliantintori (just met w/ @marcorubio) out of prison immediately." Lopez is the founder and National Coordinator of Voluntad Popular (Popular Will), a social movement and political party composed of thousands of activists and community, labor and youth leaders from all regions of Venezuela. Lopez, a 45-year-old U.S.-educated economist and opposition leader, was accused of inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014 and is serving a 14-year prison sentence. According to Sputnik, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control introduced sanctions against Venezuelan Executive Vice President Tareck El Aissami under federal drug trafficking regulations. In Spain, Lopez would be considered a "terrorist" in Spain, Sputnik quotes leader of the Spanish Ruben Dario Foundation Jose Maria Torres as per saying. On Monday, Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos discussed over the telephone security concerns regarding Venezuela. (ANI)