Sham Trial Against Venezuelan Opposition Leader Begins

Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Venezuelan government began its sham trial against opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez.

He has been accused of trumped up charges in connection with the protests that have swept the nation against the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Lopez has been held in isolation since his arrest on February 18th.

Here's what the Venezuelan "justice" system he's facing looks like:

The judge has admitted all of the evidence presented by Maduro's prosecutors. Yet, has denied all of the evidence presented by Lopez's defense attorneys.

The judge will allow 138 witnesses to testify against Lopez. Yet, it will only allow one witness in favor of Lopez.

And before the trial even began, Nicolas Maduro -- acting as judge, jury and executioner -- already dictated his sentence:

"[Lopez] is responsible for these crimes and he has to pay."