Luis Almacro demands release of opposition presidential candidate Arturo Cruz arrested by Nicaraguan regime

Luis Almacro demands release of opposition presidential candidate Arturo Cruz arrested by Nicaraguan regime
Uruguayan Luis Almacro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS). EFE / Lenin Noli / Archive

OAS General Secretary, Luis Almacro demanded the release of Arturo Cruz on Saturday, Nicaragua presidential candidate previously arrested at Managua airport.

It is unacceptable for the security forces and the judiciary to imprison opposition candidates. “, Almacro eHis Twitter account added that he was arrested “This excludes Nicaragua from US and international legitimacy. These actions are contrary to free and fair elections.”

On Wednesday, Almacro questioned the disqualification of Christiana Zamoro’s political candidacy, The biggest contender for President Daniel Ortega in the run-up to the November elections.

Luis Almacro's tweet seeking the release of a candidate in Nicaragua, Arturo Cruz
Luis Almacro’s tweet seeking the release of a candidate in Nicaragua, Arturo Cruz

“Nicaragua is going to the worst elections, which is New attack on democracy makes it still impossible to hold free, fair and transparent elections in the country. “It said in a statement.

Almacro recalled the international agreements signed by Nicaragua on “the political manipulation of justice and the prohibition of candidates.”, Such as the Inter-American Democratic Charter and the OAS Charter.

His statement was called End the persecution of the enemy, “turn the country towards democracy” with free elections and international observation.

Professor Arturo Cruz, Ambassador of the Government of Ortega to the United States between 2007 and 2009, presents his record as the Presidential Candidate of Nicaragua today, April 26, 2021 in Managua (Nicaragua).  EFE / George Torres
Professor Arturo Cruz, Ambassador of the Government of Ortega to the United States between 2007 and 2009, presents his record as the Presidential Candidate of Nicaragua today, April 26, 2021 in Managua (Nicaragua). EFE / George Torres

Cruz’s arrest

Presidential candidate Arturo Cruz was arrested at Managua airport on his way back from the United States this Saturday., Suspected of attempting “against the Nicaraguan community”, the public ministry reported if details were provided. Cruise “being It was investigated by the National Police for having strong signs that it had attacked the community The rights of Nicaraguan and the people, ”the text emphasizes

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The National Police reported that it “implements all appropriate investigative procedures and recommends to competent authorities the person under investigation to prosecute and determine criminal liability.”

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.  EFE / George Torres.  / File
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. EFE / George Torres. / File

67 years old, Cruz filed his candidacy two months before the November 7 presidential election by the Citizens Coalition for Freedom. (CXL, right).

Police said he was being investigated Convicted crimes in the law to protect the rights and sovereignty of the people recognized in December.

The law punishes “acts that undermine freedom, sovereignty and self-determination, incite foreign interference in domestic affairs, solicit military intervention, and carry out acts of terrorism and destabilization with financial assistance from foreign powers.”

Cruise was the Nicaraguan ambassador to the United States between 2007 and 2009 under the Santinista government. After stepping down from that position, he returned to his academic activities at the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).

Journalist Christiana Zamoro Barrios (1990-1997), daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Zamoro.  EFE / George Dorey / Archive
Journalist Christiana Zamoro Barrios (1990-1997), daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Zamoro. EFE / George Dorey / Archive

The candidate had traveled to the United States on an unspecified date He was returning home this Saturday without being informed of his trip. The day before his arrest, he had warned via Twitter that he was considering withdrawing from the election. Nicaraguan officials say, “If the ban continues, we will have no other candidates The logical thing is that this server did not participate in this process (…) We should seriously consider participating in this bad training”, He wrote on the social network.

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Opposition candidates, with the exception of Cruz and Chamorro Felix Maradiga and Juan Sebastian Zamoro denounced being told they had “a house in prison until further notice”., Despite the fact that there are no charges against them.

Other presidential believers like the farmer Mardo Myrena, George Hernக்quez Cayoso of Afro-descent, journalist Miguel Mora, doctor Maria Eugenia Alonso and former leader against Louis Flave denounce the subject of persecution and siege National Police.

With information from AFP and EFE

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