Ahem. A little music, maestro:
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was sentenced to 13 years in prison for coup-plotting.
Venezuelan judge Susana Barreiros sentenced López, the leader of the Voluntad Popular party, on Thursday to 13 years, 9 months, 7 days and 12 hours, in prison, which he will serve in the military jail of Ramo Verde, according to news channel Telesur.
López was sentenced after it was revealed that he gave a speech, along with three students, during the violent anti-government protests that cost the lives of more than 40 persons between February and May 2014.
During the trial, the right-winger was accused of public instigation, association to commit crime, property damage and arson, as well as being implicated in the putschist plan known as “La Salida” (“The Exit”), by way of which they tried to bring down the legitimate government of president Nicolás Maduro.
Supporters of the Venezuelan right and members of government clashed outside the Palace of Justice in Caracas after López’s spouse, Lilian Tintori, arrived at the court where the trial against her spouse was held.
In the few minutes in which there were confrontations, the participants threw rocks and heavy objects, while members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) tried to protect passersby and finally wound up dispersing the protest.
Leopoldo López has been in jail since February 18, 2014. He gave himself up to authorities days after promoting and inciting acts of vandalism and so-called “guarimbas” (disturbances) in Venezuela, with the intent of bringing down President Maduro.
So, Prettyboy Leo is looking less pretty by the day. And at the end of 13 years, 9 months, 7 days and 12 hours, I imagine he’ll be looking less pretty still. That is, if he’s still pretty at all anymore by then. Ha, ha.