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Michael Healy, president of the Nicaraguan Employers’ Association, and Alvaro Vargas, vice president of the company, were arrested on Thursday.
Both are being prosecuted for allegedly embezzling money, property and possessions, and for allegedly being held.Acts that undermine freedom, sovereignty and self-determination“According to a report released by the country, the National Police.
Healy took over as chairman of the Council of Private Enterprises (COSEP), a top firm a few months ago, when his predecessor, Jose Aguirre, was arrested last July on similar charges.
With these two new arrests, 39 people critical of the government of President Daniel Ortega have been detained in Nicaragua since June. Seven presidential candidates wanted to run in the November 7 general election, As well as journalists and business, social and political leaders.
The court ordered Healy and Vargas to be remanded in custody for 90 days while investigations continue, according to the public ministry.
In a statement released this Thursday, Goseb described the arrests as “arbitrary” and “illegal” and said it was a direct attack by the government on the company. Does not contribute to peace and security All citizens yearn. “
In addition, they must release prisoners immediately, as well as “all political prisoners.”
The Nicaraguan business sector was an excellent ally of the Ordega government until 2018, when it was severely suppressed by the government and took an important position before the administration during the waves of protests that killed hundreds of people in the country.
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