Spanish overseas ministry confirms Lopez’s arrival after spending a yr at Spanish ambassador’s residence in Venezuela.

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez has arrived in Madrid, Spain’s overseas ministry mentioned on Sunday, after spending the previous yr on the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Venezuela to flee home arrest.

“Leopoldo Lopez arrived in Madrid at the moment, having the ability to reunite along with his household,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

Lopez’s choice to go away the Spanish embassy in Venezuela was “private and voluntary”, it mentioned.

Lopez’s occasion, Standard Will, didn’t say how he left Venezuela.

Aides insisted the departure was not the results of negotiations with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s authorities, as many supporters and even opponents of the socialist authorities have speculated, in accordance with The Related Press information company.

Venezuela’s authorities accused Madrid’s envoy to Caracas of being an confederate in Lopez’s “escape”.

“The pinnacle of the Spanish diplomatic mission in Venezuela served as the principle organiser and confessed confederate of the … escape from Venezuelan territory of the felony Leopoldo Lopez,” Maduro’s authorities mentioned in a press release.

Venezuelan opposition chief Leopoldo Lopez talks to the media on the residence of the Spanish ambassador in 2019 [File: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]

‘Choice not simple’

Lopez, in a sequence of tweets within the early hours of Sunday, hinted he had left Venezuela however didn’t disclose his location.

“Venezuelans, this choice has not been simple, however relaxation assured which you could rely on this servant to battle from wherever,” Lopez tweeted.

“We won’t relaxation and we are going to proceed working day and evening to attain the liberty that every one Venezuelans deserve.”

Lopez was jailed in 2014 after main protests towards Maduro. He was launched to accommodate arrest in 2017.

From home arrest, he was a mentor to opposition chief Juan Guaido, who early final yr invoked the structure to imagine an interim presidency and started a marketing campaign to unseat Maduro.

In April 2019, when Guaido tried to spur a navy revolt towards Maduro, Lopez appeared on the streets once more alongside him. When the rebellion fizzled, Lopez sought shelter first within the Chilean diplomatic residence after which on the dwelling of the Spanish ambassador.

Lopez’s spouse, Lilian Tintori, who had joined him on the Spanish ambassador’s residence, left for Spain in Could 2019 together with their daughter.