Sentenced in 2009 for frustrated femicide, he was released from prison with a pardon from Ortega to kill another woman, and had permission to carry weapons

Sentenced in 2009 for frustrated femicide, he was released from prison with a pardon from Ortega to kill another woman, and had permission to carry weapons

A man identified as Héctor Orelvin Manzanares, 38, was accused by the Prosecutor’s Office in the Courts of Managua for the murder of Jenelieth Noryeli Peña López, 19. The body of the young woman was found in a riverbed in the Villa Nueva neighborhood, in District Three of the capital, on April 12.

The alleged femicide had been convicted in 2009 for the attempted murder of another woman, from the department of Matagalpa, but months later he was released under the precautionary measure of periodic signature in the courts. The worst of the case is that even with this criminal record, the subject worked as a security guard at the Ticomo hotel in Managua, that is, the Police should have authorized him to carry a firearm, a necessary tool to carry out these tasks.

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«This is serious. Not only was he someone that the justice system should never have released, but the Police let him work in a job in which it is understood that only those who do not have a criminal record can do it. Women are totally unprotected by State institutions that do not do their job well»criticized an activist.

Releases that end in femicides

Human rights defenders who work to eradicate violence against women have denounced on previous occasions that the Daniel Ortega regime is releasing men convicted of assaults against women, who later only kill those who denounced them.

«What they call presidential pardon is a figure that has served for these aggressors to finish what they left pending, they murder women because they believe that if they do not live with them, they will not live. There are many cases and we have documented them»said the activist.

Sentenced in 2009 for frustrated femicide, he was released from prison with a pardon from Ortega to kill another woman, and had permission to carry weapons

The body of Jenelieth Peña was found with signs of violence in a deep riverbed in Managua. Photo: Social Networks.

«It is not the first time – he added – that a person who has been convicted of assault against women who is released under a family coexistence regime or another alternate measure to prison, murders women. We have already denounced this on previous occasions»insisted a feminist lawyer for her.

Authorized to carry weapons?

Despite the fact that the Police have Héctor Orelvin Manzanares behind bars, the institution has not clarified the crime. The young Jenelieth Peña, who was originally from the municipality of Camoapa, in the department of Boaco, was reported missing on the night of April 10, when she went out for an alleged job interview.

It is unknown if Orelvin Manzanares acted alone at the time of committing the crime, since the young woman’s body showed signs of violence, she was not wearing her blouse and also did not have her belongings, including her mobile phone.

«It would be necessary to see how this man did to obtain a police authorization to carry weapons and that his record has come out clean. The question I ask myself is who was at fault, if the Police or the hotel owners for hiring a person without asking for proper documentation?»asked the lawyer who asked to speak under a confidential identity for fear of repression by the regime.

Until now, the circumstances in which Héctor Orelvin Manzanares ended the life of a young girl who was only looking for a job to improve the quality of life of her family are unknown.

By: United Voices.

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