Seven opposition activists convicted of “undermining national integrity” in Nicaragua have been sentenced to prison terms of up to 13 years, a human rights group said Thursday.
Among them is student leader Lesther Aleman, 24, who rose to fame after publicly calling for the resignation of President Daniel Ortega during a dialogue between the government and activists involved in the 2018 protests, the Nicaraguan Center said. human rights.
Aleman was given 13 years after a trial held behind closed doors in the prison where he and others were being held ended last week, he said. The court did not publicly announce the sentences.
Another activist sentenced to 13 years is journalist and former presidential candidate Miguel Mora, the rights center said.
They were among 46 opposition members, including seven presidential candidates, who were arrested ahead of presidential elections in November last year, securing a fourth term in office for Ortega.
An incendiary Marxist as a youth, Ortega ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, after leading a guerrilla army that overthrew US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza.
Returning to power in 2007, he was re-elected three times, becoming increasingly dictatorial and overriding presidential term limits.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America, for human rights and election-related violations under Ortega.