The United States prepares sanctions against the Daniel Ortega regime after the arrest and disqualification of Cristiana Chamorro's opposition.
This was stated by Juan González, director of Hemispheric Affairs of the National Security Council. Earlier, the State Department called for the release of the policy as international rejection grows.
The United States government plans sanctions against the Daniel Ortega regime after the arrest and disqualification of the opposition Cristiana Chamorro, who remains under house arrest and protected by police forces.
The Joe Biden administration is considering applying a law passed by Congress in 2018, known as the Nica Act, which makes it possible to sanction Nicaraguan officials and former officials. This Friday, this was stated by Juan González, director of Hemispheric Affairs of the National Security Council, in dialogue with Voice of America.
Before González's remarks, the State Department urged the Ortega regime to release Chamorro. In a statement, he maintained that his detention" is an abuse of his rights, and represents an attack on democratic values, as well as a clear attempt to thwart free and fair elections ."
Ms. Chamro's arrest comes amid ongoing attacks on pro-democracy presidential candidates and independent media. In addition, the Ortega government has promised to bar Mrs. Chamro from running in the November election and, in May, has unjustifiably revoked the legitimacy of two opposition political parties.
With these letters, he stressed that "instead of implementing electoral reforms within the timeframe set by the Organization of American States, President Ortega imposed new sanctions and diminished electoral transparency.
The current situation of oppression and expulsion is not consistent with credible elections. The department, headed by Anthony Blinken, concluded, The region and the international community must stand by the people of Nicaraguan in support of their right to freely choose their own government.
International pressure is mounting.
Pressure to release the opposition escalated this Friday with US announcements in addition to the United States, Spain, and France, while a judge in Managua authorized the National Police to extract information from the presidential candidate's electronic devices. She was locked up at home and under heavy police surveillance.
Managua District Ninth Criminal Court Chief Justice Karen Chavarría Morales, who issued a search and arrest warrant against Chamro on Wednesday, authorized the national Police to extract all information from the opposition leader's electronic devices.
The judge authorized Police to use a computer expert to extract videos from mobile phones, tablets, and computers, including videos, including emails, photos, videos, text messages, and audio via WhatsApp, among others. The matter, according to press sources.
Chamorro, the daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997), who defeated incumbent President Daniel Ortega in the 1990 election, was held for three days in a special area south of Managua. A judge ordered his arrest and a search of the home.
The prosecutor's office charged the 67-year-old journalist, former director of the closed NGO Violetta Bereus de Chamorro, with conciliation and democracy, and the opposition figure accused him of winning the November presidential election and abusing administrative crimes. , Misrepresentation, money laundering imposed on both in real competition with property and assets.
The Spanish government has expressed "concern" over Chamorro's arrest and disqualification for the November presidential election. He was also concerned about the continued harassment of journalists and independent media in the Central American country.
In a statement from the Foreign Ministry, the Spanish executive pointed out that these "serious events and current political dynamics reduce the space for dialogue and coexistence in Nicaragua and jeopardize the democratic legitimacy of the general election."
Therefore, it was considered that these measures should be "reversed, immediately ending Mrs. Chamorro's tenure and vacating her home, as well as the free exercise of the fundamental rights of all citizens and social and political actors." It should also be guaranteed.
France urges Nicaraguan executives to release Chamorro. He has condemned "perseverance" for disqualifying him from running for office, a move that has been described as contrary to the democratic process.
The French Foreign Ministry said it strongly denounced measures that were inconsistent with the free, fair, and transparent election process and called for the immediate release of Mrs. Cristiana Chamorro.
Spain and France joined the European Commission on Thursday in rejecting Ortega's request for Chamorro's release.