Judge releases jailed Venezuela mayor for medical treatment

AP News
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:02 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A judge in Venezuela has ordered the immediate release of a jailed opposition leader so he can undergo medical treatment.

Vicencio Scarano was stripped of his position as mayor of the industrial town of San Diego and sentenced to 10 months in jail last March for allegedly backing violent during anti-government demonstrations then rocking much of the country.

The opposition considers him one of Venezuela*s top political prisoners along with Leopoldo Lopez, his prison mate at an army-run facility outside Caracas. In May, Scarano's wife was elected to replace him.

In granting Scarano the benefit of house arrest while he undergoes treatment for a prostate problem, a judge Friday night ordered that he refrain from any political activism and not speak to the press.