They denounced the arrest of opposition member Carlos Valle in Nicaragua after the exile of his family

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The Nicaraguan Human Rights Collective Nunca Más indicated that the politician “was kidnapped by police officers who came to his house with violence”

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They denounced the arrest of opposition member Carlos Valle in Nicaragua after the exile of his family

Carlos Valle (article66/Daliana Ocaña)

A former opposition councilor to the Nicaraguan regime, Carlos Valle, was arrested in Managua after his family opted for exile, according to a complaint by the Nicaragua Human Rights Collective on Monday. Never Again.

According to the complaint, Valle was detained during a series of arrests carried out in the days prior to the municipal elections on the 7th, in which the ruling Sandinista Front of National Liberation (FSLN) won all the mayoralties in Nicaragua (153).

The former opposition councilor of the Managua Mayor's Office (2005-2009) “was kidnapped by police officers who came to his house with violence and without presenting any arrest warrant”, the Collective detailed.

The capture of the dissident would have occurred days after Valle's wife, children and a grandson fled the country allegedly due to pressure from the Daniel regime Ortega.

“Elsa along with her mother, her three-month-old baby and her siblings went into exile due to the constant siege and repression experienced by families and people released from political prison in Nicaragua,” said the Collective.

Elsa, Valle's eldest daughter, is an ex-convict opposition member, who became known in the sociopolitical crisis of 2018, when her father walked the main streets of Managua with a sign demanding her freedom, and for denouncing that she suffered an abortion as a result of the beatings she suffered in prison.

They denounced the arrest of opponent Carlos Valle in Nicaragua after the exile of his family

Daniel Ortega and the vice president, Rosario Murillo (REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas/File)

Nicaraguan authorities have neither denied nor confirmed the information about Valle, whose whereabouts are unknown.

This is the second time that Valle, who suffers from hypertension, has been captured by the National Police. In 2018, he spent three months in prison after demanding the release of his daughter.

The Collective demands the immediate release of Don Carlos, respect for his integrity and personal security, the cessation of persecution and the application of unconstitutional and arbitrary laws, and the full freedom of all political prisoners in Nicaragua,” the organization highlighted.

According to data endorsed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), there are currently at least 220 people considered political prisoners in Nicaragua. The data does not include 21 people who were allegedly captured in the context of the recent municipal elections.

Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has worsened after the controversial general elections on November 7, 2021, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth in a row, and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with their main contenders in prison, according to complaints.

Ortega has branded the imprisoned, tried and convicted opponents as “traitors to the homeland”, “criminals” and “sons of bitches of the Yankee imperialists”.

(With information from EFE)

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