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US calls for Venezuela political prisoners' 'immediate release'

Relatives of opposition prisoners call on the Pope to intercede with the Venezuelan government for it to implement an amnesty law on April 5, 2016The US State Department called Wednesday for the “immediate release” of Venezuela’s political prisoners, after the country’s legislature approved an amnesty bill demanding their freedom. Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, met in Washington with relatives of jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders, including the wife of Leopoldo Lopez, a high-profile former mayor who has been held for more than two years on charges of inciting anti-government protests.

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