Political prisoners in Nicaragua: three young opponents were sentenced to 8 and 10 years in prison

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They were found guilty of the crimes of “conspiracy to undermine national integrity” and “propagation of false news to the detriment of the State and society”

Political prisoners in Nicaragua: three young opponents were sentenced to 8 and 10 years in prison

The arrests of opponents began after April 2018 (File photo. EFE/Jorge Torres)

Three young opposition members from Nicaragua were sentenced this Monday to between 8 and 10 years in prison,after being found guilty of the crimes of conspiracy to undermine national integrity and propagation of false news to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and society.

“Today at 08:30 14:30 GMT), Ortega judge Félix Salmerón sentenced Miguel Flores, another young man whose name we are asked to omit, and Mildred Rayo, members of AUN (Nicaragua University Alliance), to 10 and 8 years in prison, respectively (not including the anonymous),” reported the non-governmental Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) in a statement.

The three young men had been convicted in a trial behind closed doors held on the 26th in the Complex Court of Managua, in a process that the AUN described as “arbitrary assembly against his freedom”.

Flores and Rayo were captured by the military on November 1, along with the other young man, when they were driving near the Sapoá river, in the municipality of Cárdenas, department of Rivas, on the border with Costa Rica, and were heading towards Managua, according to the public complaint by AUN.

The young university students were detained for a search by soldiers of the Nicaraguan Army and later “were transferred to a military base in Managua,” according to AUN, which forms part of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, which was the counterpart of the regime headed by Daniel Ortega at a negotiating table seeking a way out of the crisis that the country has been experiencing since April 2018.

Political prisoners in Nicaragua: three young

The young people are part of a group of more than 200 Nicaraguans that humanitarian organizations define as political prisoners

The youths are part of a group of more than 200 Nicaraguans that humanitarian agencies define as political prisoners, which includes AUN leaders Lesther Alemán and Max Jérez.

Data endorsed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) indicate that in Nicaragua there are at least 255 political prisoners, including opposition leaders, students, peasants, businessmen, human rights defenders, feminists, journalists, religious leaders, and others.< /p>

The arrests of opponents began after April 2018, when a popular revolt broke out over controversial social security reforms, which later turned into a demand for the president's resignation, because he responded with force.

These anti-government demonstrations were reduced with armed attacks that, according to the IACHR, left at least 355 dead, of which Ortega, who has said that it was a coup attempt, has admitted 300 victims.

The crisis has worsened after the controversial general elections in November of 2021 in which Ortega was re-elected Elected to a fifth term, fourth in a row and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with seven of his potential rivals in prison and two in exile.

(With information from EFE)

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