Venezuelan Opposition Politician Freed From Prison

By Salon Staff

Published December 24, 2011 7:36PM (EST)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan opposition politician who has prostate cancer has been freed after four years in prison.

Jose Sanchez Montiel was sentenced last year to 19 years in prison after being convicted of complicity in the killing of a military intelligence official in 2007.

His lawyer Theresly Malave says a court granted Sanchez conditional humanitarian release on Friday because of the cancer.

Sanchez was elected to the National Assembly last year. He maintains he is innocent.

Some opposition politicians have described him as a political prisoner. Sanchez is one of four jailed opponents of President Hugo Chavez who have been paroled this year due to health problems.

Salon Staff

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