Supporters of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, shout slogans as they wait for his hearing at a courthouse in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez appealed his 14-year sentence during a marathon hearing that stretched into early Saturday, declaring himself innocent of inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014 .Following the hearing, which lasted 12 hours, the court has 10 days to decide whether to accept the appeal.Lopez's family and an opposition lawmaker confirmed his presence at the hearing.A 45-year-old U.S.-educated economist, Lopez was arrested in February 2014 amid a wave of pro- and anti-government protests that swept Venezuela and left 43 people dead.Lopez's mother and lawyers were allowed into Friday's hearing, but not the two Spanish advisers helping prepare his defense.
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