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There are already 14 opponents convicted of ‘treason against the country’ in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan Justice found four other opposition leaders guilty this Wednesday, including one who aspired to the Presidency, for the crime of conspiring to commit treason. In this way, there are already 14 dissidents convicted for this reason in the last nine days.

One of them was peasant leader Medardo Mairena, who had announced his intentions to run as a candidate in the general elections last November, in which President Daniel Ortega was re-elected. The other three were him too. rural leader Pedro Mena, the political scientist José Antonio Peraza Y the peasant Alexis Peralta.

The Prosecutor’s Office requested to impose a 13-year sentence on Mairena and 10 years on the other three defendants, according to human rights defenders and representatives of the Peasant Movement.

The four opponents were imprisoned in the middle of a wave of arrests in the middle of the elections, in which Ortega won his fifth term (fourth consecutive and second together with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president).

Nicaraguan journalists demand the freedom of Miguel Mendoza. Photo @GerallChavez

Peasant leaders, sentenced to more than 200 years

The leaders Mairena and Mena had already spent 11 months in prison for leading the peasants in the massive anti-government protests that broke out in April 2018, in rejection of controversial social security reforms.

That year, the Nicaraguan Justice accused them of “terrorism” and sentenced them to 216 years and 210 years in prisonrespectively.

Both went released under an amnesty lawwhich caused controversy because they never admitted having committed crimes, and because they left the murder of at least 355 people unsolved, according to figures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, vice president.  Photo Cesar Perez/AFP

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, vice president. Photo Cesar Perez/AFP

Peralta, originally from the municipality of Condega, was captured last November and found guilty of violate the “Cybercrime Law”which sanctions any information on an electronic device that the government considers a threat, and which has been criticized for the discretion with which it can be applied.

For his part, Peraza, a member of the political council of the Blue and White National Unity, and former director of the Movement for Nicaragua, has been detained since July 26 and was found guilty of conspiring.

The 14 opponents already sentenced

The Nicaraguan Justice has found guilty for the crime of treason against the activists Yader Parajón and Yaser Mahumar Vado, already opposition leader Ana Margarita Vigil.

Also to the ex-sandinista guerrilla Dora María Téllez, who was Ortega’s companion in the struggle against the Anastasio Somoza dictatorship, and student leader Lesther Alemán, who rebuked the president during the start of a failed national dialogue almost four years ago, where he demanded that he surrender

Also, at the former first lady Maria Fernanda Flores Lanzaswife of former President Arnoldo Alemán (1997-2002), and at journalist Miguel Morawho aspired to the Presidency of Nicaragua for the opposition before being imprisoned.

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, vice president.  Photo Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, vice president. Photo Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

In addition, to opposition leader Suyen Barahonato the sports writer miguel mendozaand to former chancellor Nicaraguan Francisco Aguirre Sacasa.

Among the accused are the seven opposition leaders who announced their intentions to run for the Presidency in past elections.

With information from EFE

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