The Americas

Venezuelan police jail prominent activist in pre-dawn raid

A prominent opposition leader has been jailed again after being picked up by intelligence agents before dawn at the Caracas home where he was held under house arrest on civil rebellion charges.

Patricia Gutierrez said that the agents arrived at her apartment at 3 a.m. Saturday saying they were taking her husband, Daniel Ceballos, in an ambulance to have a medical exam. She says they instead transported the former mayor of San Cristobal to the same jail where was held for more than a year until August 2015, when he was granted house arrest for kidney problems.

The government did not immediately comment, but Gutierrez published a copy of the judge's order on Twitter.

Ceballos was a leader of anti-government unrest in 2014 that was blamed for dozens of deaths.