The Daniel Ortega regime detained the priest and former diplomat Edgar Parrales

Edgar Parrales was arrested by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega (Photo: La Prensa Nicaragua)
Edgar Parrales was arrested by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega (Photo: La Prensa Nicaragua)

The former Nicaraguan ambassador to the OAS, Edgard Parrales, a well-known critic of the Daniel Ortega regime, was captured on Monday by unknown persons in front of his home in Managua, denounced his wife, Carmen Dolores Córdova.

Córdova told The Associated Press that the 79-year-old former diplomat was about to enter his house when “two men in civilian clothing appeared, forced him into a vehicle and took him away.”

My husband was kidnapped, because (his captors) did not present an arrest warrant or identify themselves“, he claimed. Parrales’s wife is the daughter of the late lawyer Rafael Córdova Rivas, who along with Ortega was part of the first Governing Board during the Sandinista revolution (1979-1990).

In recent days, Edgard Parrales in public statements criticized Ortega’s decision to withdraw Nicaragua from the OAS, which he described as “nonsense.”

Parrales was one of the four priests who in 1983 were sanctioned by the Vatican for holding public office in the Sandinista regime. The other three, all now deceased, were the poet Ernesto Cardenal, Minister of Culture; his brother Fernando Cardenal, Minister of Education, and Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto. In 1989, Parrales left the priesthood to marry Carmen Córdova.

After Violeta Chamorro’s electoral victory over Ortega (1990), Parrales distanced himself from his former colleagues from the Sandinista Front and became close to dissent. Although he is not part of any partisan organization, he is one of the few political analysts who has not been exiled from Nicaragua and continued to express highly critical views of the government.

The authorities have not confirmed or denied at the moment the information about the capture of the former diplomat.

On November 15, The United States and the United Kingdom announced new sanctions against officials and institutions of the Daniel Ortega regime, in an apparent attempt to increase diplomatic pressure, following the reelection of the Sandinista leader at the polls this month.

A woman watches Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on television in a file photo.  EFE / Jorge Torres
A woman watches Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on television in a file photo. EFE / Jorge Torres

The Treasury department imposed sanctions on the Public Ministry of Nicaragua already nine senior government officials, among them various mayors implicated in the “repression of human rights and fundamental freedoms” during the peaceful demonstrations in 2018.

Among those sanctioned are the Minister of Energy and Mines, Salvador Mansell Castrillo; the Superintendent of Banks and Financial Institutions, Luis Angel Montenegro Espinoza; and the Vice Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Adrián Chavarría Montenegro.

The United States said that some of the officials targeted by the new sanctions “they were appointed to their government posts by Ortega and are key supporters of the regime and its anti-democratic policies “.

They also include various officials involved in a violent crackdown on mass protests against the Ortega regime in 2018 that more than 300 lives were claimed in the poorest country in Central America, the statement added.

“This action is aimed at those who are repressing Nicaraguans for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms”said the Treasury.

Later, The British Foreign Office announced travel bans and asset freezes for eight high-ranking Nicaraguan officials, including Murillo, the attorney general and the president of the Supreme Court.

Keep reading:

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