Leopoldo Lopez, key Venezuelan opposition leader, sentenced to prison

September 11, 2015 1:09 PM

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Leopoldo Lopez, key Venezuelan opposition leader, sentenced to prison

(CNN)For years, Leopoldo Lopez rallied opposition against heavy-handed rule by Venezuelan presidents. This week, a court locked the activist and former mayor away for 13 years.

Human rights activists and the U.S. government were appalled. The court said Lopez committed serious crimes, according to Venezuelan state news agency AVN -- public instigation, vandalism, arson and criminal conspiracy.

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