French people

Two French people with dual nationality face “conspiracy” charges in Nicaragua:

Two women with dual French and Nicaraguan nationality will face trial for conspiring to undermine Nicaragua’s national integrity and spreading false news, according to a court order issued Monday.

Both women were arrested.

At the request of prosecutors, Judge Rolando Sanarrusia admitted the charges against Jeannine Horvilleur Cuadra, 63, and her daughter Ana Alvarez Horvilleur, 43, according to a statement from the Managua court.

Jeannine Horvilleur is the wife of opposition leader Javier Alvarez, who has gone into exile in Costa Rica.

Alvarez’s wife, daughter and son-in-law have been charged along with 10 other Nicaraguan opposition figures, some for undermining national integrity, others for publishing false news and some for the two heads of state. charge.

The judge also issued an arrest warrant for Javier Alvarez. The exiled opposition leader said last September from Costa Rica that he could not return to Nicaragua because his “life is in danger”.

The French foreign ministry said in September it was closely monitoring the situation of the two French nationals and was in contact with the Nicaraguan authorities.

Preliminary hearings to set a trial date are due to begin on October 13. More than 200 opponents of President Daniel Ortega’s regime are imprisoned in Nicaragua, a Central American country in political crisis since anti-government protests in 2018.

Ortega, a 76-year-old former guerrilla, has ruled Nicaragua since 2007.