The US State Department immediately condemned the “arbitrary” arrests, calling the President of Nicaragua a “dictator.”
The third opponent and potential candidate of the President of Nicaragua, Felix Maradillaga, was arrested on Tuesday, June 8 after responding to the prosecution’s subpoena. The prosecution launched an investigation against him on charges of violating national sovereignty and Inciting foreign interference, say the prosecutor.
The U.S. State Department responded immediately, stating that the arrest was“Random” And President Daniel Ortega from “dictator”. “The international community has no choice but to treat it like this”, Julie Zhong, the head of American diplomacy in the Americas, responded on Twitter.
The allegations against Mr. Malatiaga are part of the new legal arsenal established by President Ortega in December, and President Ortega may run for the fourth consecutive term on November 7.New law penalties “Act that undermines independence, sovereignty, and self-determination, incites foreign interference in internal affairs, requires military intervention, and is organized to implement terrorism and destabilizing behavior with the funding of foreign forces..
Felix Maradiaga, 44, is a pre-candidate for National Unity (UNAB), a platform made up of civil society organizations that supported the 2018 protests that demanded the resignation of President Ortega, leading to 328 people died.
He was the third opponent and potential candidate for the presidential election on November 7. He was arrested in less than a week after the reporter Cristiana Chamorro was arrested on Wednesday and Saturday. Arturo, a former diplomat returning from the United States. Cruz. The latter declared himself in the name of the Civil Liberties Union Party (CXL, right) two months ago.
Ms. Chamorro, who is under house arrest, does not belong to any political party, but is Mr. Ortega’s main competitor. Many countries called for his immediate release. “Under Ortega’s rule, Nicaragua became an international untouchable, farther and farther away from democracy.”After the arrest of Nicaragua’s ambassador to the United States, Cruz, from 2007 to 2009, Ms. Zhong said.
The electoral court composed of magistrates close to the ruling party Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN, left) has excluded the Democratic Restoration Party (PRD, evangelical) and the Conservative Party (PC, right) from the election competition) , One of the oldest in the country.Before being arrested, Mr. Malatyaga said he did not “Nothing to hide” And denied calling for sanctions against the country, but opposed “A person who committed a crime against humanity” And violation of human rights.