Miguel Mora, 16 months in captivity in "El Chipote"

Colombian senator sponsors journalist Miguel Mora to demand his freedom

Paola Holguín, a Colombian senator, sponsored journalist and political prisoner Miguel Mora, as part of the campaign “Breaking chains, sponsor a political prisoner” of the Casla Institute, which consists of supporting prisoners of conscience and demanding their immediate release.

“Today I am taking part in the #Releasechains campaign and I will be the voice of political prisoner Miguel Mora, a journalist and former Nicaraguan presidential candidate, who has been imprisoned for more than a year in the cells known as “El Chipote,” Holguín wrote on his Twitter account. Twitter.

This Thursday, November 24, the political prisoner celebrates 522 days of being confined in the cells of the Directorate of Judicial Assistance, a detention center where opponents are subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to complaints from their relatives and organizations. of human rights.

Related news: Miguel Mora is presented in court after 14 months in captivity in “El Chipote”

Mora was sentenced by the second judge of the Managua Criminal Trial District, Nadia Camila Tardencilla, to 13 years in prison, allegedly for conspiring “to undermine national integrity.” The Ortega judiciary was sanctioned by the US State Department on July 15 of this year.

Tardencilla Rodríguez led the mock trials of student leaders Lesther Aleman and Max Jerez; the political analyst Edgard Parrales; the general manager of the newspaper La Prensa, Juan Lorenzo Holmann, and the electoral expert Harry Chávez.

In the months of July and August, the political prisoner went on a hunger strike that lasted more than 50 days so that the dictatorship would let him see his son of the same name. In this situation. Miguel Mora Chávez, known as “Miguelito”, was able to see his father, Miguel Mora Barberena, for the first time, imprisoned in “El Nuevo Chipote”, since June 20, 2021.

In addition, on August 30, the Ortega regime exhibited Miguel Mora to its propaganda media and it was the first time, in more than a year of captivity, that he was seen through the cameras of the ruling party by the Nicaraguan citizens. The political prisoner presents weight loss and serious health problems that are not attended to.

Ortega police present the political prisoner Miguel Mora after 14 months of his detention. Photo: official media

The journalist was subjected to attacks, cyber harassment by supporters of the regime, and the equipment, frequency, and facilities of the 100% Noticias Channel were confiscated. Since the end of 2018, he was imprisoned for the first time for six months in the Jorge Navarro National Penitentiary System, in Tipitapa, and was released on June 11, 2019, under the controversial Amnesty Law.

He was then jailed for a second time in June 2021, when Mora was one of the presidential hopefuls who had set out to challenge dictator Daniel Ortega for power. Along with him, seven other possible rivals of Ortega were also imprisoned.

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