The student leaders Lesther Alemán Alfaro and Max Jerez Meza are serving today, June 3, 333 days in detention in the cells of the Judicial Assistance Directorate (DAJ), known as “El Nuevo Chipote”, a place where they receive cruel, inhuman and degrading, according to complaints from relatives of political prisoners and human rights organizations.
“333 days have passed since the illegal arrest of Lesther Alemán and Max Jerez, members of our organization. We demand their immediate freedom and that their human rights be respected,” wrote the Nicaraguan University Alliance (AUN) on its Twitter social network account.
The political prisoners were arrested on July 5, 2021, a few months before the presidential elections in November, in a day of hunting opponents that included seven presidential candidates who would try to snatch the Presidency from the dictator Daniel Ortega from the polls.
Max Jerez and Lesther Aleman were each sentenced to 13 years in prison. They were accused by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo for the crime of “conspiracy to undermine national integrity.”
After 10 months of confinement in the cells of the Directorate of Judicial Assistance, the political prisoner Lesther Alemán looks increasingly deteriorated in health, according to his relatives. In an interview for the program Esta Noche, the mother of the young opponent commented that on the last visit she was able to verify that the problem in his leg persists and the authorities refuse to provide him with medical attention.
Max Jerez’s mother, Heydi Meza, died of pneumonia while her son was in prison. Hours before his death, his lawyer, family and friends requested special permission from the police authorities for the young man to say goodbye to his mother, but this was denied by the Daniel Ortega dictatorship.