Nicaraguan journalist Julio López, of the Onda Local digital portal, reported this Thursday that he has gone into exile after learning that he had immigration detention and that he would be cited for a case of alleged money laundering for which the NGO he directed is being investigated opposition member Cristiana Chamorro, daughter of former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997).
Nicaraguan police detain fifth presidential candidate
“Upon learning about the immigration retention, I decided to go into exile,” López explained in a letter, making him the third journalist to leave Nicaragua this week, amid a wave of arrests against various opposition political leaders, businessmen and journalists in Nicaragua .
The first was the journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, winner of the 38th Ortega y Gasset Journalism Awards, who announced his exile after the search and search of his home on Monday night by the National Police.
Journalist Sergio Marín Cornavaca, director of the La Mesa Redonda digital portal, also reported Tuesday that he had gone into exile due to “direct threats” from the Sandinista Executive.
Held at the border with Costa Rica
In his account, López, who also had a program on the radio station La Corporación, critical of the Government of Daniel Ortega, said that last Monday “he was traveling regularly to Costa Rica to attend a personal activity” and that when he arrived at the post border of Peñas Blancas, on the Nicaraguan side, two immigration officials were waiting for him.
“On the passenger list there was an asterisk in my name. When asked for the seat number, one of the officials said:” This is Julito! “And they isolated me. They asked where I was going, to what and the intended address. They asked me for the passport, health pass and health insurance, entry requirements required by Costa Rica, “said the also member of the organization of Independent Journalists and Communicators of Nicaragua (PCIN).
“After about 20 minutes, the immigration official returned and told me that I could not travel because there was a certification of immigration restriction and they withheld my passport,” he said.
He said that he made the decision to go into exile as a “last alternative” to “preserve” his “life and freedom” and for the “peace of mind” of his family. “Although I know that sadness overwhelms them.”
“The Prosecutor’s Office responds to Ortega’s orders”
In that period of time, he added, he was summoned by the Public Ministry to appear for an interview this Thursday for the cause that Chamorro and two other workers of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation are being investigated for the alleged crime of money laundering. , property and assets to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and society.
“My relationship with the Violeta Barrios Foundation has been absolutely within the scope of the law. I have provided my professional services as a communicator and I have been the beneficiary of a journalistic scholarship and training from the Foundation,” said López.
“In addition, I received the Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal award for excellence in journalism on three occasions, in the categories of radio, local-community news and transparency and sustainability, awards given by the Foundation under the scrutiny of prestigious international juries”, added.
López pointed out that all his activity “as a journalist is public and is available on the Onda Local website,” that his “journalistic actions have always been based on ethics and journalistic rigor.” “I have not committed any crime.”
“I have nothing to hide. The lack of institutionality in Nicaragua has reached such an extreme that the Prosecutor’s Office is not an independent body, it does not act in accordance with human rights, it only executes the orders of the Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo regime,” he denounced the journalist, who said he will continue with his digital portal from exile.
The National Police arrested journalist Miguel Mendoza on Monday night on charges of carrying out acts that undermine the sovereignty of Nicaragua.
Mendoza, a sports writer who publishes political comments on his social networks, most critical of the Government and where he has thousands of followers, does not belong to any political party.
The arrests of opponents take place less than five months before the general elections in Nicaragua on November 7 in which Ortega, in power since 2007, seeks a new reelection.
Ortega accuses the US and Spain of “meddling”
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Thursday accused the delegations of the United States, Spain and “other European embassies” in Managua of “meddling” in their internal affairs and promoting a single opposition presidential candidacy for the elections. of November.
During a speech given in Managua on the occasion of the XIX Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA), the Nicaraguan president assured that the presidential candidates for the opposition, among them those who are detained under a law that classifies them as “traitors to the homeland”, they met at the US diplomatic headquarters in Managua in order to choose a single candidate.
“They would meet at the US embassy, where the Yankee ambassador (Kevin Sullivan) demanded that they choose one, then they would be taken to the Spanish embassy and then to other European embassies,” Ortega said. “An interference, an interference led by the Yankees, which the Europeans serve as a body,” he denounced.