The decision came to light Thursday in a report by Russ Dallen, the head of Caracas Capital Markets, which closely monitors litigation involving Venezuela. Attorneys for López are now pinning their hopes on an emergency appeal filed Tuesday to Justice Sonia Sotomayor in accordance with Supreme Court rules.

Dallen said that if the three men succeed in their court quest it could allow FARC victims to move ahead of Venezuela’s creditors and opponents of President Nicolás Maduro seeking to recover assets allegedly stolen through corruption.