The Nicaraguan opposition leader and “released political prisoner” Yubrank Miguel Suazo Herrera, arrested again two days ago, was accused by the Nicaraguan Prosecutor’s Office for the alleged crime of conspiracy to undermine national integrity, lawyer Yonarqui Martínez reported this Friday.
Suazo, one of the opponents who declared, in June 2018, the Nicaraguan city of Masaya “free territory of the dictator”, alluding to President Daniel Ortega, was accused of conspiracy to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and Nicaraguan society, indicated the Martínez through Twitter, where she published an image with the accusation.
Judge Nalia Nadeshda Ubeda Obando, of the Fifth Criminal District Court of Managua, admitted the accusation and maintained the preventive detention of the opposition leader, who, in June 2019, benefited from an Amnesty Law.
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Suazo was arrested in the early hours of last Wednesday “with luxury of violence” in his parents’ house, located in the city of Masaya, 28 kilometers southeast of Managua, the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) denounced then, which condemned ” this fact” and demanded “his immediate freedom and respect for his personal integrity.”
The arrest of Suazo, 31, occurred a day after the opposition leader, who had already been imprisoned between 2018 and 2019, denounced that the National Police was allegedly preventing Catholic believers from entering a Masaya parish, that according to the faithful, has been besieged since the weekend.
Minutes before his capture, Suazo, who remained in prison for nine months after, together with other opponents, declared Masaya “free territory of the dictator”, had also denounced through his social networks that a friend’s house was surrounded by policemen, whose agents were looking for him.
Suazo joins a group of 68 Nicaraguans who were detained during 2021 in the context of the electoral context, including opposition leaders, students, peasants, journalists and independent professionals, including seven dissidents who aspired to compete for the Presidency.
At least 57 have been sentenced to between 7 and 13 years in prison for crimes considered “treason against the fatherland”, of which 9 are under house arrest.
President Daniel Ortega has branded the imprisoned, tried and convicted opponents as “traitors to the country”, “criminals” and “sons of bitches of the Yankee imperialists”.
Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has been accentuated after the controversial general elections on November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth consecutive and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with her main contenders in prison.