Former Mayor of Caracas from 2008 to 2015. He was detained on Feb 19, 2015 by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) after then-President Nicolás Maduro accused him of taking part in an "American plot to overthrow the government." The Mayor was charged with conspiracy, a crime punishable with 8 to 16 years in jail, and imprisoned in the Ramo Verde Prison. Two months later, he was placed under house arrest due to health implications and denied the right of expressing himself publicly. Due to safety, he fled the country and is now in exile in Spain.