The president of the Nicaraguan Sandinista dissident group found guilty:


Nicaraguan justice on Monday found the president of the Sandinista dissident, Suyen Barahona, guilty of undermining national integrity, in the second week of legal proceedings against 46 detractors of President Daniel Ortega, according to lawyers and family.

The prosecution demanded 15 years in prison for Barahona and his political ban from holding public office, the non-governmental organization Unidad de Defensa Jurídica (UDJ), a network of lawyers who defend detained opponents, reported on Twitter.

“I have dedicated much of my adult life to improving Nicaragua and (to) defending the human rights of all Nicaraguans,” Barahona said during the trial, according to a statement released to the press by those close to him.

Barahona is the president of the Democratic Union of Nicaragua (Unamos), ex-Movement of Sandinista Renewal (MRS-center-left), who is detained in the cells of the Directorate of Legal Aid (DAJ), known as the name of El Chipote.

The ex-MRS leader was captured on June 13 in a raid against five other members of this dissident group of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), including former guerrilla Dora María Téllez and General retired Hugo Tórrez.

The prosecution accused Barahona of undermining independence, sovereignty and self-determination, inciting foreign interference in internal affairs.

The charges against Barahona and other imprisoned opponents are contained in laws approved by parliament at the end of 2020, which provide for prison terms ranging from 10 to 15 years.

The MRS emerged in 1995, following the biggest split in the FSLN, after the electoral defeat of 1990. Its main representative was the former vice-president and writer Sergio Ramírez, now in exile.

In 2008, the MRS lost its legal personality due to a decision by the electoral tribunal, which found that it did not comply with legal requirements. In 2021, it changed its name to Unamos. Prior to the changes, the MRS case was on appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ).

On Monday, the justice delivered its verdict sentencing the former president of the MRS (2016-2019) Ana Margarita Vijil to 10 years in prison, whose trial was held last week, the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights reported on Twitter. man (CENIDH).

CENIDH noted that Vijil was convicted “for crimes she did not commit and for dreaming of a Nicaragua of justice, freedom and democracy.”

Since February 1, seven prisoners, including four from Unamos, have been tried and found guilty. They await judgment.

The opposition bloc Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (UNAB), of which Unamos is a member, denounced on Monday that the criminal proceedings are “null and void” because they were carried out in “secrecy” and the right to privacy. defendant’s defense was violated.

Ortega, 76, describes the opponents as “criminals” and “delinquents” who intended to stage a coup with the help of the United States.


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