Not that it comes as a surprise,
Throughout his 14-month trial, which was closed to the public and the media, Mr. Lopez’s lawyers repeatedly complained of a partisan judiciary that barred the defense from presenting evidence. The court refused to admit all but one of 65 witnesses for the defense, while allowing the testimony of 108 witnesses for the government.
Let’s go to the dictionary:
1. a self-appointed or mob-operated tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, especially one in a frontier area or among criminals in prison.
2. any crudely or irregularly operated court, especially one so controlled as to render a fair trial impossible.
Yup, that fits.
Statement from Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs:
“The corrupt and dictatorial government of Nicolás Maduro has crippled the Venezuelan economy and brutally cracked down on dissenting voices. Leopoldo López has been convicted after an embarrassing show trial; Maduro is using the machinery of the state to silence voices of freedom. Maduro may try to silence the cries of his people, but the United States must stand with the people of Venezuela who are fighting against a corrupt government.”