La Jornada newspaper
Friday, September 3, 2021, p. 27
Managua. The Nicaraguan justice decided yesterday to prosecute and keep in preventive prison the presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro, and other accused of money laundering, just 67 days before the general elections. The Public Ministry reported that the judicial authority maintained the precautionary measure of preventive detention and referred the case to trial, during an initial hearing held at the El Chipote prison facilities. He did not specify when the trial will begin. Chamorro, 67, has been under house arrest since June 2, after the prosecution began an investigation for money laundering through the foundation that bears his mother’s name; the former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro. The NGO, which closed in February, is a training center for journalists and defense of press freedom, for 20 years it was under the direction of Cristiana Chamorro, who denied the charges against him and attributed the case to an interest of the government to inhibit her to compete in the elections of November 7. Polls gave Chamorro the greatest citizen support after President Daniel Ortega, who is running for a fourth successive term.