Ecuador official: Maduro may allow Red Cross to visit Leopoldo Lopez
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Ecuador official: Maduro may allow Red Cross to visit Leopoldo Lopez

Ecuador’s foreign minister says that he and colleagues from Brazil and Colombia suggested Venezuela’s president let the International Red Cross visit jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Ricardo Patino made the comment Monday to a small group of reporters in Quito, saying President Nicolas Maduro had agreed to consider the suggestion.

The three foreign ministers, representing the Union of South American Nations, met with Maduro during an early March visit to Caracas.

Maduro’s government arrested Lopez in February 2014 on a raft of charges including inciting violence. The opposition considers Lopez a political prisoner and calls his trial a sham.

Former presidents Andres Pastrana of Colombia and Sebastian Pinera of Chile are among prominent outsiders who have tried to visit Lopez but were denied permission.

Associated Press