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Spanish ex-premier Gonzalez arrives in Venezuela to help defend jailed opposition leader

  • Spain's former president Felipe Gonzalez, right, accompanied by Spain's ambassador in Venezuela Antonio Pérez Hernández, left, arrives at Maiquetia International airport in la Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Gonzalez is visiting Venezuela where he expects to visit the imprisoned mayor Caracas, Antonio Ledezma and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Gonzalez did not give more details about his agenda at his arrival. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Spain's former president Felipe Gonzalez, right, accompanied by Spain's ambassador in Venezuela Antonio Pérez Hernández, left, arrives at Maiquetia International airport in la Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Gonzalez is visiting Venezuela where he expects to visit the imprisoned mayor Caracas, Antonio Ledezma and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Gonzalez did not give more details about his agenda at his arrival. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's former president Felipe Gonzalez, center, walks with Antonieta Mendoza de Lopez, the mother of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, left, and Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma, wife of imprisoned Caracas Mayor Antoino Ledezma, right,  upon his arrival at Maiquetia International airport in la Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Gonzalez is visiting Venezuela where he expects to visit the imprisoned mayor Caracas, Antonio Ledezma and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Spain's former president Felipe Gonzalez, center, walks with Antonieta Mendoza de Lopez, the mother of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, left, and Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma, wife of imprisoned Caracas Mayor Antoino Ledezma, right, upon his arrival at Maiquetia International airport in la Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Gonzalez is visiting Venezuela where he expects to visit the imprisoned mayor Caracas, Antonio Ledezma and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's former president Felipe Gonzalez, center, boards a car upon his arrival at Maiquetia International airport in la Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Gonzalez is visiting Venezuela where he expects to visit the imprisoned mayor Caracas, Antonio Ledezma and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Gonzalez did not give more details about his agenda at his arrival. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Spain's former president Felipe Gonzalez, center, boards a car upon his arrival at Maiquetia International airport in la Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Gonzalez is visiting Venezuela where he expects to visit the imprisoned mayor Caracas, Antonio Ledezma and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Gonzalez did not give more details about his agenda at his arrival. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

A former Spanish prime minister has arrived in Venezuela, where he intends to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Felipe Gonzalez flew from Colombia to Venezuela Sunday and was greeted in Caracas by members of Lopez's family.

Gonzalez was criticized by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after announcing he would advise Lopez and his supporters. Venezuela's Foreign Ministry has said that Gonzalez isn't welcome in the South American country.

The longtime head of Spain's Socialist Workers' Party led the country from 1982 to 1996.