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Nicaragua’s Ortega threatens life sentences for opponents

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega stated Tuesday he has proposed a authorized reform to permit sentences of life in pri-son and threatened to make use of it in opposition to some authorities opponents, accusing them of committing “hate crimes.”

The most punishment underneath Nicaragua’s penal code is at present 30 years in pri-son. The 74-year-old former guerrilla commander stated there isn’t any capital punishment within the Central American nation due to “an international agreement” in opposition to it. But he warned: “We are not committed to not applying life sentences to criminals.”

In a speech on the 199th anniversary of Nicaragua’s independence, Ortega lashed out on the “fighters of imperialism,” alluding to his opponents and college students who in 2018 held avenue protests demanding his ouster. The protests have been violently repressed by the police and paramilitaries.

“They feel untouchable because they were given an amnesty,” he stated, referring to the greater than 700 individuals detained within the protests who have been launched in 2018 and 2019. “Well, pay attention, they’ve already been given the opportunity for an amnesty, but there won’t be another amnesty.”

Ortega stated “atrocious crimes were committed” in opposition to cops and activists of the ruling Sandinista Front through the protests. He reiterated his cost that his opponents have been backed by the United States in what he referred to as a failed coup.

“They are children of the devil, they are children of hatred and they are full of hatred, they are loaded with hatred,” Ortega stated.

A choice to reform the legislation to favor life imprisonment had been introduced final Monday by the vp and first woman, Rosario Murillo, who stated the modification can be permitted within the Sandinista-controlled parliament.

Opposition leaders reacted with alarm to Murillo’s announcement, now confirmed by Ortega, fearing the reform can be “used as a new tool of intimidation and repression” by the federal government.

The opposition National Coalition says at the very least 100 individuals arrested for demonstrating in opposition to the federal government and thought of “political prisoners” are nonetheless in pri-son, many with sentences of 10 and 20 years.

The president stated life imprisonment would additionally apply to those that commit crimes in opposition to minors, citing the current rape and mur-der of two women aged 10 and 12 within the northern Mulukukú area.

After the announcement, some Nicaraguans recalled that Ortega himself was accused in 1998 of sexual abuse by his stepdaughter, Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, the organic daughter of the vp.

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