Venezuela court orders release of student protester whose arrest has been widely condemned

Venezuela*s Supreme Court has ordered the release of a prominent student protester whose arrest has drawn strong international condemnation.

The high court late Tuesday ordered that Christian Holdack remain on parole while on trial alongside opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges that the two perpetrated violence at anti-government protests in February 2013.

Holdack*s lawyers had been pushing for his release, saying he suffered from depression and was at risk of killing himself. In recent days Holdack was reported to have initiated a hunger strike to draw attention to his plight behind bars.

His case has been taken up by several international human rights groups that say he was filming the protest when detained and was severely beaten while in custody.