A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (9 July) on the release of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López and his transfer to house arrest:
The Federal Government welcomes the decision of the Venezuelan Government to release Leopoldo López after more than three years in prison. Although Leopoldo López is not yet free, this step could be the beginning of a national dialogue with a view to resolving the political, economic and social crisis in Venezuela. In this context, the release of Leopoldo López from prison is also an acknowledgement of the efforts of those who have tirelessly worked to protect democracy and rule‑of‑law principles in Venezuela over the past weeks and months.
Yesterday, opposition leader Leopoldo López was released from prison and transferred to house arrest. This followed confidential talks that had been held in the past few weeks between the Venezuelan Government, mediators and the family.