Spanish government said that it has no intention of turning over Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who took refuge in the Spanish embassy in Caracas after fleeing house arrest, to Venezuelan authorities.
Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said earlier that Leopoldo Lopez has not applied for asylum.
In 2015, Lopez was sentenced to 14 years in prison for having a role in the 2014 violent protests, which claimed the lives of over 40 people. Since summer 2017, he was held under house arrest. Lopez escaped house arrest on Tuesday with the help of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who had earlier illegally proclaimed himself the country’s interim president. Upon the escape, Lopez with his family first took refuge in the Chilean embassy in Caracas, later they relocated to the Spanish ambassador’s residence.
Political crisis in Venezuela took another turn recently, after the Venezuelan opposition initiated a fresh coup attempt in a bid to ouster legitimate President Nicolas Maduro. The government, however, subsequently said that the coup attempt had failed.