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Venezuela Congress Taps Lopez Judge as Ombudsman, Outraging Foes

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Venezuela's outgoing National Assembly on Thursday tapped a judge who is hated by the opposition for jailing politician Leopoldo Lopez as the next human rights ombudsman in the increasingly hostile aftermath of legislative elections. Judge Susana Barreiros in September ruled Lopez had masterminded anti-government riots that erupted last year, and condemned him to nearly 14 years in prison. The opposition, which deems the U.S.-educated activist an innocent scapegoat of a dictatorial...

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