MANAGUA (Reuters) – Two high executives of Nicaragua’s largest enterprise affiliation have been convicted of “undermining nationwide integrity”, within the newest of a sequence of judicial actions in opposition to political opponents of President Daniel Ortega.
Greater than 40 of Ortega’s opponents have been convicted of crimes resembling treason and cash laundering because the lead-up to presidential elections in November that handily received him a fourth consecutive time period in workplace.
Friday’s convictions of Michael Healy, president of the Superior Council of Personal Enterprise (COSEP), and its vice chairman, Alvaro Vargas, got here on prices similar to treason underneath Nicaraguan legislation, a rights physique mentioned.
“We reject and condemn this judicial pantomime,” the physique, the Nicaraguan Middle for Human Rights (CENIDH), mentioned in a press release demanding their speedy launch.
Healy confronted as much as 13 years in jail and Vargas confronted as much as 9, with sentencing anticipated subsequent week, it added.
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The Nicaraguan authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Healy and Vargas, arrested final October and accused of “laundering cash, property and belongings to the detriment of the Nicaraguan state and society,” had been additionally members of the opposition group Civic Alliance.
Ortega’s authorities has turn out to be more and more remoted and condemned internationally for its crackdowns in opposition to the president’s opponents and significant media within the Central American nation he has dominated since returning to energy 15 years in the past.
(Reporting by Ismael Lopez in Managua; Writing by Kylie Madry; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez)
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