Three children of the former president of Nicaragua, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, were accused this Tuesday of money laundering and other crimes within the framework of the investigations against opponents carried out by the government headed by the dictator Daniel Ortega.
Those who received the complaint were the journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, exiled since June in Costa Rica; the former presidential hopeful Christian Chamorro, under house arrest since June 2, and the politician Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, detained on June 25, according to the Public Ministry in a statement.
For her part, Cristiana, who was emerging as a strong rival to face the ruling party In the elections of November 7, she had been accused in June of “abusive management and ideological falsehood in competition with the crime of money laundering,” while this Tuesday, the prosecution added the charges of misappropriation and retention, without explaining the reasons.
According to the prosecution, the crimes were committed through the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH), a training and defense center for press freedom that Cristiana ran for 20 years until February of last year.
Cristiana Chamorro, former director of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation and presidential candidate in Nicaragua. AFP photo
Meanwhile, Carlos Fernando was accused by money laundering, appropriation and wrongful retention, while his brother Pedro Joaquín was charged with the crimes of abusive management and improper retention.
Pedro’s only crime was “demanding free elections,” his brother Carlos protested in a tweet, alluding to the control of the ruling party over the electoral system.
The Prosecutor’s Office reported that “the judicial authority admitted the expansion of the accusation for Cristiana Chamorro and the accusation for the other accused persons “, without specifying the name of the judge handling the case, or when the pre-trial hearings will be held.
Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Barrios and his mother, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, former president of Nicaragua. AP Photo
Along with them, too seven other people were charged with different crimes who worked or collaborated with the FVBCH Foundation.
Some 34 opponentsAmong them, seven candidates for the presidency have been detained since June by the police, some for money laundering and others for “treason against the fatherland”, under a law that came into force last December that punishes with jail those who promote economic blockades and foreign interference.
The last detainee on Sunday was Roger Reyes, a lawyer for one of the arrested presidential hopefuls.
President Daniel Ortega, in power since 2007, after two successive re-elections, was authorized on August 2 by his party to seek a fourth term in the November elections.
With information from AFP.