A judge granted house arrest for health reasons to former Nicaraguan Vice Foreign Minister Víctor Hugo Tinoco, 69, convicted of crimes considered “treason against the fatherland,” the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) reported Tuesday.
“The political prisoner Víctor Hugo Tinoco has been changed from preventive detention to house arrest. He is at home with some family members. All incommunicado,” Cenidh said in a statement, confirming the change in the opponent’s condition.
The former vice chancellor was sentenced last February to 13 years in prison for the crime of conspiracy to undermine national integrity to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and society, and disqualified from holding public office.RELATED
Tinoco, a former Sandinista guerrilla and former deputy, has been imprisoned since July 2021, in the midst of a wave of arrests in the context of the general elections, in which President Daniel Ortega was re-elected for his fifth term, fourth consecutive and second. along with his wife Rosario Murillo as vice president, with his main contenders in prison or in exile.
Relatives: his life was in danger in prison
Tinoco’s life was in danger in prison, according to his relatives, due to chronic conditions such as systemic arterial hypertension, heart rhythm disorders and dyslipidemia, which could cause a cardiovascular disorder; or low white blood cells, which can cause a serious infection.
“The authorities must clarify his health situation, which was a cause for concern after the serious risk to his life in Chipote (National Police prison) was disclosed. We demand that he be allowed to receive specialized medical attention, full family contact and that the incommunicado cease,” advocated the Cenidh, which has followed up on the case.
Neither the judge nor the Prosecutor’s Office have specified the state of health of the former vice chancellor to benefit from the change in the prison regime.
Tinoco, in addition to being a guerrilla leader who fought against the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, was deputy foreign minister during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990), and ambassador to the United Nations.
After being expelled from the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in 2005, then in opposition, he joined the Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS), now called the Democratic Renovation Union (Unamos).
Five have been sent home after the death of a former guerrilla
The Nicaraguan Justice has extended the house arrest order to five critics of Ortega since the death in prison, last February, of the historic Sandinista combatant Hugo Torres, also accused of “treason against the fatherland” and who died at the age of 73 under police custody due to an “illness” not yet specified by the authorities.
Torres, a retired brigadier general and former head of military intelligence, was one of the most daring Sandinista guerrillas in the fight against the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, who on December 27, 1974, risked his life to free Daniel from jail. Ortega, who had been imprisoned for seven years, and other Sandinistas who were in prison.
Among the 68 Nicaraguans detained during 2021 are opposition leaders, students, peasants, journalists and independent professionals, including seven dissidents who aspired to compete for the Presidency. At least 57 have been sentenced to between 7 and 13 years in prison, of which 9 are under house arrest.
President Ortega has branded the imprisoned, tried, and convicted opponents as “traitors to the country,” “criminals,” and “sons of bitches of the Yankee imperialists.”
Reliable, trustworthy and easy. Multimedia news agency in Spanish.