The 19-month trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López is coming to a close as the imprisoned politician prepares to give his final remarks in a closed courtroom.
López is charged inciting violence in his role as leader of a bloody protest movement in 2014. He could face more than 10 years in prison.
He was expected to deliver his final remarks to the court on Friday afternoon after both sides concluded their closing arguments. The judge could issue a verdict immediately after.
Venezuela’s highest-profile opposition leader says he only promoted peaceful protest against the socialist government.
Supporters say the trial was marked with irregularities from the start, with the court denying most witnesses for the defense.
U.S. officials have made Lopez’s release a key demand for normalizing diplomatic relations.