Police raid residence of Cristiana Chamorro, journalist and would-be presidential candidate, on expenses of cash laundering.
Nicaraguan police have raided the house of opposition chief and potential presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro, escalating a political battle forward of elections later this yr.
Her brother, Carlos Fernando Chamorro, director of the unbiased information outlet Confidencial, confirmed Wednesday’s raid on Twitter and mentioned his sister had been ordered detained.
Social media and native tv broadcast reside pictures of police coming into and surrounding Chamorro’s residence in Managua, the capital. Officers might be seen utilizing power to eject journalists who had arrived to cowl the scene.
Nicaraguan prosecutors sought Chamorro’s arrest for cash laundering and different crimes, together with a lesser quotation for misrepresentation, earlier this week.
The 67-year-old journalist, who doesn’t belong to a political get together, is considered a severe challenger to President Daniel Ortega in November presidential elections, although he has not confirmed he’ll search a fourth time period.
A choose within the capital Managua put out the arrest order, acceding to a request from the legal professional normal, a press release from judicial authorities mentioned.
The legal professional normal additionally on Tuesday formally sought Chamorro’s disqualification from holding public workplace as a result of legal investigation launched in opposition to her.
Chamorro denies the fees, calling them a “farce” that goals to stop her from in search of the presidency. Neither Chamorro nor her representatives might instantly be reached for remark by the Reuters information company.
“Many of the opposition believes this can be a technique to attempt to eradicate the entire most outstanding opposition leaders, forward of this yr’s presidential elections,” Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reported from Santiago, Chile, after the police raid.
“She can be the third … would-be presidential candidate that has been imprisoned,” Newman mentioned, including that “two of the opposition events have now been declared unlawful”.
Efforts to disqualify Chamorro from operating have been met with criticism from america, the Group of American States (OAS) and others.
In a press release on Wednesday, OAS mentioned the “technique of systematic and repeated violations of the rule of legislation and of elementary freedoms” was an “assault on democracy”.
Assertion from the OAS Common Secretariat on the Request for the Disqualification of Cristiana Chamorro in Nicaraguahttps://t.co/l8Aj7MNt1v pic.twitter.com/dUBTdFjj1g
— OAS (@OAS_official) June 2, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken additionally mentioned on Twitter that stopping Chamorro from competing “displays Ortega’s concern of free and truthful elections”.
The United Nation’s human rights chief has accused the legal professional normal’s workplace of fabricating false allegations in opposition to Ortega’s critics.
Chamorro had lately emerged as a possible unity candidate who might have been in a position to rally a fractured opposition to defeat Ortega within the November 7 vote. On Tuesday, she introduced she would search a nomination from the opposition.
She is the daughter of Violeta Chamorro, who turned president of Nicaragua in a 1990 election, ousting Ortega after his first stint in energy.