The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights warned about the 10-year prison sentence that the regime requested for four religious

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This fact exposes a further advance on the Church and basic rights in the country, which have been deteriorated with the arrival of the Ortega-Murillo couple in the power

The Nicaraguan Center ;ense of Human Rights warned about the 10-year prison sentence that the regime requested for four religious

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights warned about the 10-year prison sentence that the regime requested for four religious (EFE)

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights warned this Friday about the condemnation of four religious men and targeted the regime of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo for the ruling.

The Nicaraguan Justice ordered this Thursday the sentence of ten years and 800 days in jail to four Catholic priests for the crimes ofconspiracy to undermine national integrity and propagation of false news to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and society.

Along with them, two seminarians and a cameraman from the diocese of Matagalpa, in the north of the country.

Judge Nadia Camila Tardencilla, head of the Second Criminal District Court of Managua, was responsible for determining the sentence after a trial that lasted only four days, according to the Legal Defense Unit, which defends the religious. /p>

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights warned about the 10-year prison sentence that the regime asked about four religious

Photo released by Cenidh of the accused (Twitter: @cenidh)

The accused are, specifically, the priests Ramiro Tejerino, rector of the Juan Pablo II University and in charge of the parish of San Juan Bautista; José Luis Díaz and Sadiel Eugarrios, first and second vicar of the Matagalpa de San Pedro Cathedral; deacon Raúl Vega González; seminarians Darvin Leiva Mendoza and Melkin Centeno; and cameraman Sergio Cárdenas.

Now, the defendants remain in the El Chipote prison awaiting sentencing, which will be decided at a hearing on February 3rd.

Given this, Cenidh criticized the four days of the trial, which it described as “judicial torture” and denounced that both the sentence and the request for the sentence “were handed down from El Carmen” -where the presidential couple resides-, “with the desire to sow terror and show who has power” in Nicaragua.

“From Cenidh we condemn this violation of human rights and the guarantees of due process”, added the organization, which is part of the International Federation for Human Rights.

“This fact poses a challenge to the leaders of the Catholic Church. We ask you to react, you cannot keep silent. The regime has virtually imprisoned an entire Diocese. We invite you to side with the outraged believing people,” concluded the NGO, which also requested the Vatican's intervention to put an end to this persecution.

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights alerted about the 10-year prison sentence that the regime requested about four religious

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In this sense, this fact is part of a series of attacks by the regime on religious by which, between 2022 and 2023, There are already nine priests who have been convicted in Nicaragua -seven of them for conspiracy or propagation of false news, and sentenced to between 8 and 10 years in prison-.

This deterioration in the relationship between both parties intensified in 2018 when the religious condemned the way in which Ortega repressed the social protests that sought a coup d'état and in which 360 people died. p>

The dictator accused the bishops and priests of having tried to overthrow him in those episodes.

In addition to this large group of detained Catholics, the eyes of Human rights organizations have been, in recent months, on Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who was detained with them at dawn on Friday, August 19, by police officers in the episcopal palace of the Diocese of Matagalpa and is now under “home security.”

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights warned about the 10-year prison sentence that the regime requested about four religious

Bishop Álvarez was arrested on Friday, August 19, for the crimes of conspiracy and propagation of false news (AFP)

Álvarez is a very critical voice of the regime and is the first bishop arrested and accused since Ortega's return to power.

On December 13, he was formally accused by the Nicaraguan Public Ministry for the alleged crimes of conspiracy and propagation of false news and awaits trial in a separate trial from the rest of the religious.

The Nicaraguan Police, led by Fra ncisco Díaz, Ortega's in-law, accused the bishop of having tried to “organize violent groups,” allegedly “with the purpose of destabilizing the State of Nicaragua and attacking the constitutional authorities.”

(With information from Reuters and EFE)

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