Dora Maria Telles and Anna Margherita Vigil, accused by the Prosecutor’s Office of “conspiracy”
On Friday, August 27, the Public Prosecution Office reported that the leaders of the UNAMUS party, Anna Margherita Vigil Gordian and Dora Maria Télés Arg Uylu, are charged with the crime of “conspiring to undermine the unity of the homeland”.
Both They were arrested on June 13th, along with another group of Onamus leaders. Vijil and Téllez are currently accused of having completed 75 days of judicial detention, from the deadline A maximum of 90 days was imposed on them the day after their arrest.
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After their arrest, the Public Prosecutor’s Office reported that they were investigated for “there are strong indications that they have attacked Nicaraguan society and the rights of the people, in accordance with Law No. 1055, Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People, to independence, sovereignty and self-determination for the sake of peace”, legislation created and approved Daniel Ortega’s regime last December, with the aim of preventing opponents from participating in the November 7 general elections, analysts said.
The press release from the Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the initial hearings for Telles and Vigil took place on Friday, and the judiciary admitted both charges and issued a precautionary measure of pretrial detention for the accused, which means their continued detention.
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According to criminal lawyers consulted by LA PRENSA, the indictment means that those accused of a crime are now going to formal criminal proceedings and that they will be referred to trial.
According to the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, once the accusation has been presented at a preliminary hearing and the order of preventive detention has been issued against the accused, the date for the initial hearing must be set within the following ten days.
The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is reason to initiate an oral and public trial, as well as to initiate proceedings for the exchange of information about evidence, to review the precautionary measures that were applied at the initial hearing, and to determine the procedural measures to be taken. To be held before the trial .
Criminal proceedings on the accusation of “conspiracy to undermine national unity” should take a maximum of three months, according to the law, but the prosecutor’s office can order complex processing on the pretext of compatibility of a crime (several crimes), which means that the term is doubled, that is, the process will take 180 days. It can last up to a year to hear rescheduling.
Other political prisoners too They are accused of the same crime of conspiracy, Among these presidential candidates are Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastian Chamorro.
and in Case against the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation, Money, property and asset laundering crimes have been investigated, and there are five detainees as well as four other people involved and one accused in exile. The Public Prosecution Office reported last Tuesday, August 24, that it had requested an extension of the indictment against Christiana Chamorro, the former director of that institution, who has been detained at her home in prison since June 2.
In the middle of the election year, Daniel Ortega’s regime arrested more than 30 opponents, including seven presidential candidates, most of them accused of “treason” under the terms of Law 1055.