| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Nicaragua convicts businessmen in latest phase of political crackdown

Two top executives of Nicaragua’s main business group have been convicted of “undermining national integrity,” the latest in a string of court procedures against President Daniel Ortega’s political opponents.

More than 40 of Ortega’s opponents have been convicted of crimes including as treason and money laundering in the run-up to the November presidential elections, which he easily won for a fourth consecutive term.

According to a rights organization, Michael Healy, president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), and its vice president, Alvaro Vargas, were convicted on charges akin to treason under Nicaraguan law on Friday.

Healy faced up to 13 years in prison and Vargas faced up to 9, with sentencing expected next week, it added.

  • Reuters