Nicaragua detains opposition leader in pre-election crackdown
Reyes, a member of the Political Council of the opposition Blue and White Nationwide Unit (UNAB), was given a 90-day judicial detention, in keeping with a press release by the nation’s Public Ministry on Monday.
By CNN’s tally, he’s the thirty fourth opposition determine to be arrested since Could 28, forward of the November 7 elections during which President Daniel Ortega plans to run for re-election.
Reyes, in keeping with the ministry, is being investigated by the police for allegedly attacking “Nicaraguan society and the rights of the folks in accordance with Legislation 1055 and the Penal Code.
The assertion claims that Reyes has engaged in “acts that undermine the sovereignty, independence and self-determination of Nicaragua” and that he has “celebrated the imposition of sanctions towards the State of Nicaragua and its residents.”
UNAB posted on its Twitter account that Reyes had been arrested on Friday evening by the Nationwide Police. “Up to now his whereabouts are unknown. We demand that his bodily integrity and people of greater than 140 political prisoners be revered,” mentioned the opposition alliance.
The group advised CNN that Reyes already has a protection lawyer, however wouldn’t give their identify, citing safety causes.
The Blue and White Unit shared a video that Reyes recorded in mid-June the place he anticipates his arrest. Within the video, he requires the nation’s social and political sectors to unite towards the Daniel Ortega authorities.
Many opposition leaders and activists detained in latest months are being investigated for alleged actions towards nationwide sovereignty or alleged cash laundering — claims that they, their kinfolk and attorneys have broadly rejected.