December 3, 2023
Bishop Rolando Alvarez, in {a photograph} from final March supplied by the Authorities of Nicaragua.Nicaraguan Presidency (EFE)

The regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo launched Bishop Rolando Alvarez from the Modelo jail in Managua on Tuesday, the voice of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua most important of Sandinismo, sources acquainted with the method confirmed to EL PAIS. The spiritual man, who rejected exile final February and determined to withstand in jail, is unaccounted for after a negotiation with the Vatican was explored to agree on his exile in Rome. Alvarez had been arrested in August 2022 after 5 days of police siege of the curia the place he was held captive with eight monks and collaborators.

Ortega supplied him in February to trade jail for exile, however Alvarez declined. At some point after he refused to go away Nicaragua among the many 222 political prisoners launched by the Sandinista regime and despatched to Washington, the bishop obtained a harsh sentence. He was sentenced to greater than 26 years in jail by a government-controlled court docket for a collection of offenses together with “treason”, “undermining nationwide integrity” and “spreading false information”. The regime lashed out on the priest, stripping him of all his political rights and his Nicaraguan nationality, and locked him up within the Modelo jail in Managua.

Alvarez is the authority of the Nicaraguan Catholic Church that has proven essentially the most belligerence in its positions in opposition to the excesses of Ortega, who has declared him his principal enemy and has positioned him on the heart of the persecution in opposition to spiritual. The Police accused him with out proof of organizing violent teams utilizing “his standing as a non secular chief and utilizing the media and social networks” with the aim of “destabilizing the State of Nicaragua and attacking the constitutional authorities.”