Cristiana Chamorro, one of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s main rivals in November’s presidential election, has been under house arrest since Wednesday night. She is accused of money laundering.
Arelia Barba, a police assistant, said police searched Chamorro’s home in southeast Managua on Wednesday afternoon, as she was preparing for a press conference. The police prevent friends and parents from entering and repress journalists.
Chamorro, a 67-year-old journalist, wants to beat Daniel Ortega in the election. 31 years ago, her mother, Violetta Chamorro, showed her such an electoral victory.
But since May 20, the opposition’s rising star has been under investigation, at the request of the government, for money laundering. Chamorro spoke of a “horrific farce” in which the government wants to prevent her from running in the November 7 presidential election.
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