The opponent and presidential candidate Juan Sebastian Chamorro, political nephew of former Nicaraguan President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997), has been arrested this Tuesday at night by the country’s Police and with him, there are already four candidates arrested in recent days.
According to a statement collected by ‘La Prensa’, Chamorro “Is being investigated” for “carrying out acts that undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination” and “inciting foreign interference”.
A few hours earlier, the candidate has also been arrested Felix madariaga, shortly after he appeared before the Prosecutor’s Office as part of an investigation against him “for acts that undermine the independence of the people.” Likewise, Chamorro had also been summoned to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office hours before his arrest, as indicated on his Twitter account.
Upon the news, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has urged the release of “political prisoners” in Nicaragua. “The release of Juan Sebastián Chamorro and all the other political prisoners in Nicaragua is urgent and the harassment and oppression of the dictatorship of the patricide Daniel Ortega cease,” he said on his Twitter account.
In addition to these two arrests, Arturo Cruz was also previously detained for “an attack against society and the rights of the people,” and Cristiana Chamorro, who has been serving house arrest for days while being investigated for an alleged crime of money laundering.
Pressure on the opposition
The opposition has denounced growing pressure on its militants in recent weeks, at a time when the country already has the November elections on the horizon. Ortega will aspire to a new term as head of the Central American country.
The Police confirmed late on Tuesday the arrest of the former president of the Superior Council of the Privasa Company (Cosep) José Adán Aguerri and of the opposition Violeta Granera, leader of the Blue and White National Unit (UNAB) and member of the Coalition National.
According to the authorities, both are being investigated for numerous crimes, including inciting foreign interference, conspiring to carry out acts of terrorism or endangering the sovereignty of Nicaragua, reports the official Channel 6.
“The National Police carries out all the pertinent investigative procedures and will refer those investigated to the competent authorities for their prosecution and determination of criminal responsibilities,” the note reads.
Spain demands the “release” of the candidates
The Government has expressed its “deep concern” about the arrest in the last days of numerous candidates opposed to the presidential elections of next November in Nicaragua and of other political actors, demanding his “immediate release”.
“The Government of Spain calls for the immediate release of the detained, imprisoned or detained candidates, Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastián Chamorro, and other opponents,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs it’s a statement.
In addition, has called on the Government of Daniel Ortega to “put an end to the persecution of political and social actors and the independent media.”, recalling that “the State of Nicaragua has an international commitment to respect Human Rights.”
“The Government of Nicaragua is responsible for preserving and guaranteeing the fundamental rights and freedoms of all its citizens, whether or not they are political sympathizers, in accordance with International Law and its own Constitution,” the Spanish Executive has maintained.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.