Nicaraguan presidential challenger Cristiana Chamorro placed under house arrest

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Chamorro, journalist and daughter of former Nicaraguan President Violeta Barrios, might be the one opposition candidate to problem in office Daniel Ortega, who’s in search of a fourth time period within the elections on 7 November.

The arrest got here shortly earlier than a digital press convention scheduled for 12 midday native time on Wednesday, his press group instructed CNN. His brother Carlos Chamorro stated on Twitter that police broke into his dwelling in Managua and stayed there for greater than 5 hours.

In keeping with an announcement from the Nicaraguan public ministry, Chamorro was accused of cash laundering and mismanagement of the Violeta Barrios Basis, a non-profit group she chaired. She denies the allegations.

The prosecutor’s workplace stated in an announcement that it had known as for the imposition of precautionary measures in Chamorro, together with journey restrictions and a ban on operating public places of work.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized the arrest, saying that Chamorro’s “arbitrary ban” “displays Ortega’s concern of free and truthful elections.”

Talking to CNNE on Thursday, José Miguel Vivanco, director of the America division of Human Rights Watch, expressed deep concern over the allegations towards Chamorro and known as on the worldwide neighborhood to do extra.

“Cristiana Chamorro is among the candidates she may defeat [Ortega] and for this they invented this felony course of which has no foundation and accuse him of fiction comparable to cash laundering and quite a few different articles of the felony code, “he stated.

“The reality is that Cristiana Chamorro, like each different citizen in Nicaragua as we speak, is completely defenseless and uncovered to any type of arbitrariness.”

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