The Venezuelan government says Leiver Padilla is a hardened killer who murdered a congressman to try to destabilize the country. In an interview from a Colombian jail, however, Padilla said he’s being framed.
Antonio Ledezma, the mayor of Venezuela’s capital, is fighting conspiracy charges after the government accused him of being part of a coup plot. But legal experts say the judicial system is unlikely to give him a fair shake.
The recent history of oil-rich Venezuela should be taught in universities around the world as a textbook case of an economic miracle in reverse: despite having benefited from the biggest oil boom in recent history, the country has managed to be poorer.