Tuesday, July 5

Nicaragua detains sixth presidential hopeful for treason

The Nicaraguan Police reported Tuesday that the peasant leader Medardo Mairena, the sixth candidate for the presidency of Nicaragua who was captured in the context of the recent wave of arrests against opponents, is being investigated for “carrying out acts that undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination. ”

For the same reasons it was German student leader Lesther arrested, who rebuked President Daniel Ortega three years ago during the beginning of a failed national dialogue to overcome the local socio-political crisis, according to the local police in a press release.

Along with Mairena and Alemán, the peasant leaders Pedro Mena and Freddy Navas, as well as the student leader Max Jerez, were arrested last night, said the Police, who did not provide information about the rural leader Pablo Morales, a substitute deputy of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC ) of the opposition and who was captured along with the presidential candidate, according to the Peasant Movement.

The National Police detailed that the detained opposition leaders are being investigated for allegedly violating the “Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Peace”, whose crimes are considered treason.

In the press release, the police identify the peasants as responsible for the murder of four policemen in 2018 and the students as executors of “robbery with intimidation (assaults), kidnappings, serious injuries, rapes, extortion, destruction and multiple damages during the failed coup attempt “, in that same year.

In 2019, the peasants, who had received sentences of more than 200 years in prison, as well as the students, were benefited with the “Amnesty Law”, which was applied to more than 600 opponents and caused controversy because the accused never acknowledged having committed crimes and attributed the complaints to retaliation by Ortega against the anti-government protests.

The incarcerations of opposition leaders occur within the framework of the general elections of November 7, in which Ortega, who also governed between 1979 and 1990, seeks his third consecutive reelection for a fourth five-year term and the second with his wife. , Rosario Murillo, as vice president.

In the middle of the electoral race, laws have been established that restrict the nomination for political office and external financing, and two opposition political parties have been stripped of their legal personality.

Since May 28, the Nicaraguan authorities have arrested opposition presidential candidates Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Miguel Mora and Mairena, investigated for alleged treason.

Those captured last night were also joined by two former vice chancellors, two former dissident Sandinista ex-guerrillas, a business leader, a banker, a former first lady, five opposition leaders, a journalist, two student leaders, two former NGO workers and a driver from Cristiana Chamorro.