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Venezuelan opposition leader to remain in jail during corruption trial

Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales, left, gets ready to leave a plane after it landed at La Chinita airport in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Rosales a former governor, who had been living in exile, was arrested when he returned to Venezuela and is expected to appear in a Caracas court later in the day. Rosales ran for president in 2006 and lost to Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Jhair Torres)

Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales, left, gets ready to leave a plane after it landed at La Chinita airport in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Rosales a former governor, who had been living in exile, was arrested when he returned to Venezuela and is expected to appear in a Caracas court later in the day. Rosales ran for president in 2006 and lost to Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Jhair Torres)

A Venezuelan opposition leader who was arrested when he returned from exile will be held in jail as his trial gets under way.

An attorney for former Gov. Manuel Rosales said Friday night that a judge had ordered the 63-year-old to remain in custody until a verdict is reached. His trial is set to start Nov. 12.

Rosales was arrested Thursday after returning to the socialist South American country after six years as a fugitive from corruption charges.

He was governor of the western state of Zulia and ran for president in 2006, losing to Hugo Chávez. Before his arrest, he vowed to continue fighting the country's 16-year-old socialist administration.

Rosales fled in 2009 after prosecutors accused him of stealing public money. He says the charges are politically motivated.

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