The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) denounced that “arbitrariness” was committed in the initial hearing against the political prisoner Yubrank Suazo, opposition leader from the city of Masaya. The young man is accused by the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship of conspiring to undermine national integrity.
In the initial hearing that took place this Tuesday, May 31 and lasted about 40 minutes, the opponent’s family was not allowed to enter, the organization reported. The judge rejected the change of precautionary measure and confirmed the preventive detention. No date was set for the start of the trial, which should be oral and public.
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“The judicial repression against political prisoners continues, this morning an initial hearing was held against Yubrank Suazo, it became clear that the ORMU regime continues to commit the same arbitrariness of holding secret trials in El Chipote, which is illegal,” the agency denounced in your Twitter account.
The accusation against Suazo was presented on May 19 by the prosecutor Carlos Rafael Espinoza Castilla on behalf of the Public Ministry and the case is processed in the Fifth Criminal Court with the judge Nalia Nadezha Úbeda Obando. The “victim” is the State of Nicaragua and Nicaraguan society.
Yubrank Suazo, a member of the Civic Alliance, was taken from his home in Masaya on Wednesday, May 18. The raid occurred at 5:15 in the morning, violating the schedule established for these procedures, according to statements by lawyer Yonarqui Martínez.
Sources close to the family revealed that the Police broke the locks on the main entrance, entered by force, beat the opponent and his father. Suazo’s mother, a person who suffers from various diseases, was also on the site. The opponent was violently taken to the bathtub of a police patrol. For a few days there had been reports of the siege that he was a victim of and that ended with his recapture.
The family of the once again political prisoner sought information at the Masaya police station and they were told that he had been transferred to the Judicial Assistance Directorate (DAJ) in Managua. Suazo is detained in “El Chipote”.
Suazo joins the almost 30 opposition leaders who are imprisoned in the torture cells of the DAJ. Yubrank was accused of terrorism and organized crime in 2018. He was imprisoned for nine months and was released in June 2019 under a questioned Amnesty Law.