Venezuela opposition urges release of mayor accused of coup plot

February 20, 2015 2:54 PM

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Venezuela opposition urges release of mayor accused of coup plot

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leaders on Friday demanded the release of a Caracas mayor arrested after what they called false accusations that he was involved in a U.S.-backed coup plot against President Nicolas Maduro.

Intelligence agents took Caracas metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma from his office on Thursday and were holding the veteran politician at their Helicoide headquarters while a judge decides if he will be formally charged, supporters said.

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