Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Calls for Release of All Political Prisoners on Three Year Anniversary of Leopoldo Lopez’s Imprisonment

Feb 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement on the third anniversary of the politically-motivated imprisonment of Leopoldo Lopez by the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

“Despite international condemnation of his unjustifiable imprisonment, Leopoldo Lopez remains a political prisoner of the Maduro regime.  Lopez is one of many pro-democracy members of the opposition, including many elected officials, that have been imprisoned for running afoul of the corrupt Maduro regime.  As the human rights conditions continue to deteriorate, the integrity of government institutions are further corrupted, and the economy is failing, the Maduro regime lashes out against those who seek to address these mounting failures.  I commend the Trump administration for placing tough sanctions on Maduro’s right-hand thug this week, and encourage further pressure on corrupt Venezuelan operatives and human rights abusers.  "I was honored to meet with Lopez’s wife, and Mitzy Ledezma, wife of political prisoner Antonio Ledezma, in Washington earlier this week as they travel the world to raise awareness of their husbands' unjust imprisonments.   We must continue to work toward restoration of democratic institutions and civil society in Venezuela, which begins with the immediate release of all political prisoners.”