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Trio Of Nicaraguan Officials Designated By OFAC For Fraud And Human Rights Abuses

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Last week the Federal government sanctioned three Nicaraguan officials over allegations that the men were involved in several instances of human rights abuses, election fraud, and corruption.

Per the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the three men are part of the Ortega administration and hold positions as Deputy Director General of the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP), acting President of the Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), and Director of the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS).

Investigators say the men have committed a litany of abuses against the Nicaraguan people, including violence and other abrogations of human rights. According to investigators, one man led the NNP to persecute those involved in protests that began in April, 2018 by carrying out repressive measures like arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial executions, and forced disapperances. At least 107 individuals are believed to have been killed by the NNP as a result of the crackdown, while another unknown number have been injured.

Meanwhile, according to OFAC, the president of the CSE has led his organization to become involved in using undemocratic tactics to rig elections in favor of President Ortega, including by ordering government employees to vote for him and his allies in elections.

OFAC says the director of INSS is being designated due to allegations that his organization has carried out transactions using deceptive practices or corruption, including misappropriating funds on behalf of government officials, bid rigging for government contracts, and bribery. The INSS’s operations to date have been cited as a major reason for the protests in Nicaragua, as it has been connected to the financing of a major high rise built on the director’s land and rigging contract bids to favor government-operated construction firms and pharmaceutical companies.

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