Venezuelan opposition leader to remain in jail during trial

Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales to remain behind bars after being arrested following return from exile

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An image of former Venezuelan presidential candidate Manuel Rosales is displayed on a television screen during a news conference by Un Nuevo Tiempo party leaders at its headquarters in Caracas October 16, 2015.

A Venezuelan opposition leader who was arrested when he returned from exile will be held in jail as his trial gets under way.

An attorney for former Gov. Manuel Rosales said Friday night that a judge had ordered the 63-year-old to remain in custody until a verdict is reached. His trial is set to start Nov. 12.

Rosales was arrested Thursday after returning to the socialist South American country after six years as a fugitive from corruption charges.

He was governor of the western state of Zulia and ran for president in 2006, losing to Hugo Chavez. Before his arrest, he vowed to continue fighting the country's 16-year-old socialist administration.

Rosales fled in 2009 after prosecutors accused him of stealing public money. He says the charges are politically motivated.