Venezuela: Opposition leader to be placed under house arrest
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Venezuela: Opposition leader to be placed under house arrest

Lawyers for a jailed Venezuelan opposition leader say he will be transferred to house arrest while awaiting trial.

Attorney Juan Carlos Gutierrez announced Tuesday that prosecutors had given permission for Daniel Ceballos to be released to his home.

Venezuelan authorities removed Ceballos as mayor of the western city of San Cristobal during anti-government protests last year. He was arrested and quickly convicted on charges of disobeying authority for his refusal to remove demonstrators’ barricades.

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Although he completed that one-year sentence, he was ordered to remain in custody pending trial on more serious charges tied to his support for protests in the city.

In May, Ceballos won a primary in San Cristobal from behind bars. But elections officials later barred him from holding public office.

Associated Press