Nicaraguan employers are in favor of amnestying political prisoners

Managua, Sep 21 (EFE) .- The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) supported this Wednesday a proposal by a group of relatives of “political prisoners” in Nicaragua so that the Government of Daniel Ortega grants an amnesty for the benefit of all the opponents who are detained in the framework of the crisis that the country has been experiencing since April 2018.

In a statement, COSEP, which is the main employer leadership in Nicaragua, patented its support for the statement issued the day before by relatives of 24 prisoners, including former opposition presidential hopefuls Cristiana Chamorro and Arturo Cruz, as well as those of a former foreign minister and two former vice foreign ministers.

“The history of Nicaragua has taught us that, within the pain, the generosity of Nicaraguans has always stood out,” said the bosses, whose president and vice president, Michael Healy and Álvaro Vargas, respectively, were sentenced last May to 13 years. and 9 years in prison for crimes considered “treason.”

“In this sense, we urge all the actors to accept the call for amnesty expressed by the relatives, in order to unite the Nicaraguan family,” advocated Cosep, whose businessman José Adán Aguerri Chamorro, who directed it from 2007 to 2020, he is also in prison.

The April Victims Organization (OVA) also supported the request of the group of relatives of political prisoners.

“Because of the pain of the relatives, any mechanism that exists (to achieve the release of opponents), as an organization we are going to support it,” said the leader of that organization, Gretel Gómez, to the digital portal 100% Noticias.

According to the relatives of the political prisoners, an amnesty would create a general atmosphere of greater calm, would contribute to the economic stability of Nicaragua and the reunion between Nicaraguans.

Among the relatives who signed that statement are the children of Cristiana Chamorro Barrios, daughter of former Nicaraguan president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997) and murdered anti-Somocista journalist Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal, and who was arrested in June 2021 after announcing his intentions to aspire to the Presidency in the November elections of that year.

Also the sisters of academic Arturo Cruz, who aspired to be a presidential candidate in the last elections and was ambassador to the United States between 2007 and 2009 of the Ortega government, from whom he distanced himself.

In addition, the wives of former Foreign Minister Francisco Aguirre Sacasa, and former Vice Foreign Ministers Víctor Hugo Tinoco and José Pallais, and former Ambassador Mauricio Díaz, among others.

Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has been accentuated after the controversial general elections on November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth consecutive and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with her main contenders in prison.

Ortega, close to turning 77, has been in power for 15 years and 7 consecutive months, amid allegations of authoritarianism and electoral fraud.

(c) EFE Agency

Nicaraguan employers are in favor of amnestying political prisoners