Nicaragua court finds two opposition heads guilty of ‘conspiracy’

A court in Nicaragua has found two prominent opposition figures – among dozens arrested by the government of President Daniel Ortega in the lead up to last year’s election – guilty of “conspiracy”.

Dora Maria Tellez, a former rebel who fought alongside Ortega and served in his government before becoming leader of the opposition Sandinista Renovation Movement, and student leader Lesther Aleman were convicted on Thursday in trials held behind closed doors.

Only a single member of family of each of the accused was allowed to witness the proceedings at the notorious El Chipote prison, where dozen of activists and opposition members are currently being held.

The independent Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights said the duo “were found guilty of forming an association of wrongdoers undermining national integrity”.

It added the “process was null and void because it violated the constitutional guarantees that stipulate that trials must be public and that the press must be able to attend”.

Only a single member of family of each of the accused was allowed to witness the proceedings at the notorious El Chipote prison, where dozen of activists and opposition members are currently being held.

The independent Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights said the duo “were found guilty of forming an association of wrongdoers undermining national integrity”.

It added the “process was null and void because it violated the constitutional guarantees that stipulate that trials must be public and that the press must be able to attend”.

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