(CNN Spanish) – The Nicaraguan Public Ministry officially accused the presidential candidates Felix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro and Arturo Cruz and the opposition leaders José Pallais Benard, Violeta Granera Padilla, José Adán Aguerri, Tamara Dávila and Manuel Salvador Orozco of the crime of “conspiracy to undermine to national sovereignty “, as reported by the institution through a statement published this Thursday in your website.
According to a statement from the Public Ministry, they are alleged perpetrators of the crimes of “conspiracy to undermine national integrity in accordance with articles 410 and 412 of the penal code to the detriment of Nicaraguan society and the State of Nicaragua.” So far the Public Ministry has not presented evidence of the crimes for which they accuse these opponents.
Seven of the eight defendants are in custody and their families and lawyers have rejected the charges reported to the national media that do not allow them to see them. Meanwhile, Manuel Salvador Orozco, who resides in Washington, did not respond to our calls.
The presidential candidate for the Citizen Alliance, the economist Arturo Cruz, was detained at the Managua International Airport upon his return from the United States, on June 5, while the candidates of the National Unity, Felix Maradiaga and the economist Juan Sebastián Chamorro, from the Citizen Alliance, were arrested on June 8, the three investigated, reported the National Police for alleged actions against National sovereignty.
It is a “flagrant violation of the law,” says lawyer for Maradiaga and Chamorro
Jared Genser, an international lawyer for Maradiaga and Chamorro, said this Friday in a statement from the United States that his legal team in Managua was not notified of the alleged hearings in the country and the presentation of these charges. He added that the way in which they were accused constitutes a “flagrant violation of Nicaraguan and international law, violating the right to a public hearing, an independent judiciary, and the presumption of innocence.”
Opposition leaders José Adán Aguerri, business leader and the leader of the Blue and White National Unit Violeta Granera were arrested on June 8, José Pallais Benard, on June 9 and Tamara Dávila was arrested on June 12, all under investigation for alleged actions against national sovereignty.
A resolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on June 24, 2021, granted the provisional measures and required the State of Nicaragua to “proceed with the immediate release of Messrs. Juan Sebastián Chamorro García, José Adán Aguerri Chamorro, Félix Alejandro Maradiaga Blandón and Violeta Mercedes Granera Padilla ”and“ immediately adopt the necessary measures to effectively protect the life, integrity and personal freedom of Messrs. Juan Sebastián Chamorro García, José Adán Aguerri Chamorro, Félix Alejandro Maradiaga Blandón and Violeta Mercedes Granera Padilla and their nuclei relatives. The Inter-American Court also requested the adoption of measures in favor of Tamara Dávila and her family nucleus on July 19. The Nicaraguan State has not yet ruled on these body resolutions.
As reported by the Public Ministry, the judiciary admitted the case and issued preventive detention for the accused.