Chavez rejected claims of stifling opposition
The self-proclaimed revolutionary, Hugo Chavez was a controversial figure in Venezuela and on the world stage.
A staunch critic of the US, he inspired a left-wing revival across Latin America.
He died of cancer in March 2012 after 14 years in power.
In 2010, HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur interviewed him. The president insisted he was true democrat and rejected any suggestion that opposition to him was suppressed.