CARACAS News – Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan prisoner Leopoldo Lopez, said President Nicolás Maduro ordered the Supreme Court to ratify the sentence against her husband as punishment for the meeting she held in Washington with US President Donald Trump Wednesday.
“Maduro ordered the Supreme Court to issue the sentence to Leopoldo as punishment because Trump received me in the White House,” Tintori told CTN News, who called it “retaliation” by the Supreme Court.
She said Lopez “did not know anything” about the meeting and was surprised when she told him about it yesterday during a marital visit at Ramo Verde military prison, where the accused is serving three years in prison of a 14 year sentence after being convicted of violence in a anti-government march back in 2014.
“Leopoldo congratulated me because he told me how important was the international work we have done … to achieve a meeting with the President of the United States. He (Lopez) who is a politician understands the impact he may have, “he continued.
After Wednesday’s meeting – which was also attended by US Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Senator Marco Rubio at which Trump called for Lopez’s “immediate” release through a Twitter message where he also published a photograph showing the meeting in question.
Tintori, however, confirmed today that the most important thing is not the posted image, but what was said at that meeting because, she said, “as a human rights activist now I want to see results.”
She also noted that her husband’s three years imprisonment has been both a time of “sacrifice” and “full of love, of learning, of work, of resistance,” and “above all” of “surrender.”
She said that Lopez sent a message to the country that will be read by her this Saturday and by the opposition alliance Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD).
“It is an activity of protest, of saying no more dictatorship,” she said.
On the other hand, it reiterated its denunciation by the conditions in which, she says, they keep the leader in the military prison because, he stated that “they have harassed him, isolated” whereas to her and to the rest of the direct relatives who have the right to visit him, submit to “humiliating” treatment.
In this sense, said that they always make people “completely undressed” to be able to enter the prison and was recorded by five video cameras in the space of visits and in the room they have for conjugal visits where, he said, they enclose it next to their Husband for two hours.
Finally, he affirmed that López advocates more for the breadth than for the restructuring of the MUD – after this was the term used by the coalition to announce its renewal on Friday – but did not add further comments.
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by Lopez’s defense for finding it “manifestly unfounded” case in Venezuela.
However, Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, the lawyer of the anti-Chavez, has not ruled out also requesting an appeal for review of the case before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, although he has already said that he will take action before international bodies such as the United Nations.