Duilio Hernández, the former Ortega official who was part of the Bolaños government

Duilio Hernández, the former Ortega official who was part of the Bolaños government

Daniel Ortega’s regime decided to remove the two positions he held within the Nicaraguan dictatorship from Duilio Hernández. The Ortega official was the Nicaraguan ambassador to the Government of Costa Rica and served as third secretary in the Diplomatic Ranking of the Foreign Service, this last position he held since September 2005, in the last years of the government of President Enrique Bolaños (RIP).

According to La Gaceta No. 129 of this Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Ortega canceled the appointment of Duilio Hernández as ambassador in San José. In the same document it is known that the former official resigned on July 7 of this year from his position in the Foreign Service as third secretary, days later he was removed from his post as ambassador.

Hernández assumed the Embassy of Costa Rica in February 2018 to replace Harold Rivas Reyes, brother of the then president of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), who was removed a month after the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned the head of the CSE for “corruption and electoral fraud”.

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Duilio Hernández served as chargé d’affaires of the Nicaraguan Embassy after the departure of Harold Rivas, later the Ortega regime appointed him extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador in San José.

The Costa Rican newspaper La Nación reported that, in April 2010, when Duilio Hernández Avilés was an official of the Nicaraguan Consulate, he drove a vehicle that entered Costa Rica from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border, and was exonerated by the Tico government. of paying taxes.

The vehicle was a 2009 BMW M3 that was registered in Costa Rica in the name of the then third secretary of the Nicaraguan Embassy, ​​Guillermo Matus Cortés. As it was a car for diplomatic use, the treasury granted it a benefit of 21.5 million colones, however, the person who used the vehicle for US$76,276 was Roberto Miguel, son of Roberto Rivas Reyes, who was studying medicine in a University of San Jose.

The newspaper added that the car was even bought by Rivas’ wife, Ileana Delgado, at the South Motors agency in Miami, Florida, on November 12, 2008.

After the regime’s repression of the 2018 demonstrations, the former ambassador sought support, along with diplomats from the dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela, with at least five meetings with Costa Rican political groups, but they were not fruitful.

After his diplomatic failure with the political groups, he dedicated himself to seeking meetings with representatives of the Costa Rican State, during the government of Carlos Alvarado, a dynamic that continued with hierarchs of the current administration, reports the media the tile.

During his administration, he used to represent Ortega in official regional appointments, such as in June 2021, when he attended the summit of Central American presidents with the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez.

The Government of Costa Rica has not appointed an ambassador for Nicaragua, President Rodrigo Chaves decided not to send a representative and reduced diplomatic relations to a charge d’affaires. For the time being, Ortega has also reciprocated by vacating the post of ambassador and appointing the former vice chancellor, Valdrack Ludwing Jaentschke Whitaker, as chargé d’affaires.

Jaentschke Whitaker has held various diplomatic posts in Honduras, Guatemala and other countries in Africa. He has also been delegated by Ortega to defend him in international forums in the face of serious complaints of human rights violations against all Nicaraguans.

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