Opposition mayor in Venezuela sentenced to 1 year in jail

Venezuela's top court has sentenced an opposition mayor to a year in jail for failing to crack down on anti-government protests that are entering their third month.

Daniel Ceballos failed to remove protest barricades in San Cristobal, heart of anti-government protests

Anti-government protesters stand in front of a National Guard armoured vehicle during a protest in San Cristobal. A judge sentenced the city's mayor to one year in jail Wednesday after the government accused him of disobeying an order to take down protest barricades. (Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters)

Venezuela's top court has sentenced an opposition mayor to a year in jail for failing to crack down on anti-government protests that are entering their third month.

The Supreme Court issued the sentence of San Cristobal Mayor Daniel Ceballos on Tuesday night. The court ruled he disobeyed an order to remove barricades set up by protesters. Ceballos has been openly critical of president Nicolas Maduro and supportive of the protesters' cause

The mountain city near the Colombian border has been among the most restive in the country.

Authorities have targeted opposition leaders nationwide in recent weeks. The Supreme Court sent another opposition mayor to jail last week, and on Monday, parliament stripped opposition deputy Maria Corina Machado of her seat.