The Public Ministry requested the kingdom of Spain to send Leopoldo López through the extradition process. This statement was made before the 5th Execution Court of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas, an instance that sent the file to the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, according to its accounts.
The extradition request is related to López's alleged participation in Operation Gedeón, a project aimed at overthrowing the government of President Nicolás Maduro, a judicial source said. Said plan was launched on May 3, 2020 but was thwarted by security agencies that faced the first outpost made up of civilians and military both Venezuelans and Americans who tried to penetrate the country through the coasts of Macuto, La Guaira.
But before Operation Gideon, Leopoldo López participated in the failed coup on April 30, 2019, when a group of opposition deputies seized the Altamira Distributor, next to the Generalissimo Francisco de Miranda Air Base, located in La Carlota, municipality Sucre (Miranda). That day, deputy Juan Guaidó announced through a video, along with Leopoldo López, figures from the Popular Will party, that they were at the military base being accompanied by a group of insurgent soldiers. By midmorning the coup deflated with the withdrawal of most of the committed military. The then director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), Manuel Cristopher Figuera, who freed López in the early morning of that 30-A, fled to the United States.
Now the magistrates will analyze those circumstances to determine if the extradition request meets the requirements and, if positive, they would declare said proposal to be valid. To prepare a draft sentence containing the final decision, the Criminal Chamber appointed magistrate Elsa Gómez Moreno, according to what is reflected in its accounts.