Banker Luis Rivas Anduray is serving a year in jail at El Chipote

The political prisoner and executive president of Grupo Promérica and Banco de la Producción (Banpro), Luis Rivas Anduray, celebrates this Wednesday 365 days of being a prisoner of the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. The businessman was arrested on June 15, 2021, after presenting himself to the Prosecutor’s Office to be “interviewed”.

Rivas became the first banker against whom the Ortega administration ordered jail, under the argument of being a “traitor of the country.”

Since Rivas’ arrest, his family has preferred to remain silent and has chosen not to provide statements to the independent media regarding the situation of the political prisoner in the jails of the Evaristo Vásquez Police Complex, known as “El Nuevo Chipote.”

Related news: Banker Luis Rivas, sentenced to 13 years in prison for “conspiracy” and illegal possession of weapons

The Blue and White National Unit (Unab) denounced that both the prisoner of conscience and Pedro Vásquez, Cristiana Chamorro’s driver; they serve a year of “arbitrary and unjust detention”.

Luis Rivas Anduray
Luis Rivas celebrates one year of being held captive in Chipote. Photo: Banpro Nicaragua.

“They are innocent! 365 days of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. We demand his immediate and unconditional release,” the opposition organization said in its Twitter account. Twitter.

Ortega justice found Luis Rivas Anduray guilty for the alleged crimes of “conspiring to undermine national integrity” and carrying or illegal possession of a firearm; manufacturing, trafficking, possession and use of restricted weapons, explosive substances or devices.

The Fourth Criminal District Judge, Ángel Jeancarlos Fernández González, was in charge of sentencing the businessman to 13 years in prison.

Luis Rivas is a member of Banpro’s board of directors, and is at the same time its regional CEO, given that this financial entity has a presence in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and the Cayman Islands.

In the time he has been in prison, the prisoner of conscience has only been authorized eight visits from his relatives, who have been “monitored” by police officers at all times.

According to the Mechanism for the Recognition of Political Prisoners of Nicaragua, in its most recent report, the number of political prisoners amounts to 190 Nicaraguans deprived of their liberty for opposing or not aligning with the Ortega dictatorship.

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