Nicaragua.- Nicaraguan Police, a priest of the Diocese of Matagalpa “undermine” to the nation

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Nicaraguan Police announced this Thursday the arrest of priest Jaime Iván Montesinos, part of the Diocese of Matagalpa, on Tuesday. “undermine” The Church has dealt a new blow to the nation since Nicaraguan justice sentenced Bishop Rolando Álvarez to 26 years in prison in February.

Montesinos, a priest at the Juan Pablo Segundo Church in the municipality of Sébaco in Matagalpa, was arrested at around 9:00 am (local time) on Tuesday. “engage in actions that undermine the nation’s independence, sovereignty, and right to self-determination”.

“He was suspicious, intoxicated and accompanied by a young woman (…) The National Police are carrying out the relevant investigative procedures and will refer the person under investigation to the authorities for prosecution.”indicates police statement.

This came after the Estelí Diocese announced Tuesday that the priests Leonardo Guverara and Eugenio Rodríguez had been arrested by the Police – the latter of whom mediated to secure the release of several youths detained during the 2018 protests. He collected the newspaper ‘La Prensa’.

The case of Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa was most famous for his arrest by the Police in August 2022 and detained in his home for months. Finally, the bishop was sentenced to 26 years in prison after being announced last February. “traitor”.

But Rolando Álvarez’s is not the only case. The Nicaraguan Justice declared them guilty. “complo” Four priests against the State of Nicaragua — Ramiro Tijerino Chávez, José Luis Díaz Cruz, Sadiel Antonio Eugarrios Cano and Raúl Antonio Vega –, two theology students — Darvin Leiva Mendoza and Melkin Centeno — and a reporter, Sergio Cadena Flores.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega stigmatized the Church of Nicaragua. “the perfect dictatorship” And “to wear” for their bishops “make a blow” He reassured that some priests called for bloodshed during a wave of protests in the Central American country that killed more than 300 people against the government in 2018.

Source: Noti Merica

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