>> A rare win for Venezuela's opposition, the country's best known jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez returning to his home in Caracas Saturday under home arrest after spending three years in jail. Lopez, a 46 year old Harvard educated mayor was sentenced to 14 years in prison for leading anti-government protests.
The Supreme Court saying in a statement, that it had granted Lopez the quote, humanitarian measures for health reasons and quote, serious signs of irregularities in the handling of his case. Reuters correspondent Alexandra Ulmer is outside his home.>> Supporters of Lopez, and Lopez' friends and family are arriving in front of his house.
Many of them are embracing and saying they never thought this day would come. Some are wearing t-shirts with his face emblazoned on them. Others are shouting freedom, freedom. There are many questions still about why Leopoldo Lopez was released now and what it could mean for the opposition in Venezuela more broadly.
>> The opposition had long called Lopez a political prisoner and leaders around the world, including US President Donald Trump had pressed for his release. Lopez had publicly called for peaceful resistance to President Nicolas Maduro in 2014, but was behind bars during most of the unrest that year, which killed 43 people.
Still, prosecutors said that his speeches sent subliminal messages, and constituted a call to violence.>> I'm going on hunger strike with very firm aims. First, the liberation of all political prisoners. Second, that all censorship and persecution end.>> Although Lopez has been barred from holding political office, he has ambitions to become Venezuela's President, and would likely be one of the most popular opposition candidates in any future election.