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News from Nicaragua – Political Prisoner Trials

August 17, 2018

Trials of political prisoners continue behind closed doors

All independent media and human rights groups banned from court proceedings

The initial hearing of the trial of Medardo Mairena, Pedro Mena and Silvio Pineda, leaders of the Campesino Movement and accused of the murder of four police officers in Morrito, Río San Juan (among other crimes), took place amid the rejection of hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans who marched in different cities to protest the illegal arrests and prosecutions against opponents of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.

The Sixth Criminal District judge, Henry Morales Olivares, did not allow the independent media to enter the hearing, nor did he authorize the entry of national human rights organizations. However, it did allow the official media to make videos, photographs, and how much resource material they wanted.  Morales Olivares also did not endorse the presence of the members of the Special Monitoring Mechanism for Nicaragua (Meseni) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) and the team of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OACNUDH), who like on August 14, at the trial of Brandon Lovo and Glen Slate (accused of the murder of journalist Ángel Gahona), they waited without luck for the authorization that allowed their entry.

The judge began the initial hearing by listing the criminal charges against the accused. They were: murder, terrorism, organized crime, simple kidnapping, obstruction of public services to the detriment of Nicaraguan society.  Mairena, Mena and Pineda’s defense lawyer, Julio Montenegro, filed an exception and an incident, and requested legal medical assessment for the detainees, as they received information that the campesino leaders were being tortured in the La Modelo penitentiary system in Managua.

Their trial hearing is scheduled for next October first, confirmed lawyer Montenegro.

Oral and “public” trial of Brandon and Glen begins

On August 14, the oral and “public” trial began against Brandon Lovo and Glen Slate, accused of murdering journalist Ángel Gahona. In the same way that happened in the process of the peasant leaders, access to the IACHR, representatives of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh), independent media, and relatives of those named, was denied by the Sixth Criminal District Judge. of Judgment, Ernesto Rodríguez.  “We understood that it is a public hearing and therefore there would be no difficulty to enter,” said Denise Cook, coordinator of the Meseni, on behalf of the IACHR.  “The trial began at ten in the morning, culminating 12 hours later, with only a two-hour break from two in the afternoon. The Public Prosecutor accused both young people of the death of Gahona, despite the fact that witnesses, neighbors and relatives of the victim, insisted that the person responsible was a policeman who was inside the municipal mayor’s office, and not the two boys.

At the preparatory hearing, the Office of the Prosecutor did not request the exclusion of evidence. However, when the defense of the young people asked for exclusion, alleging illegality and impertinence, the judge justified each one, and it seemed that “the judge was one more defender,” according to Amy García, a lawyer for both young people.  Garcia Curtis told CONFIDENCIAL that the process against his defendants is flawed. He explained that although the evidence presented by the Prosecutor’s Office lacked veracity and logic, the judge admitted them without reservation.  The Prosecutor’s Office presented a report in which it detailed that the shot that killed Gahona came out of a spellbinding weapon. In this regard, Garcia Curtis, indicated that according to a ballistics technician, who consulted and did not allow entry to refute this version, a handgun has neither the precision nor the scope to kill a person, and less at a distance of one hundred meters.  “If a patented weapon has a possibility of reaching thirty meters to be lethal, the spell weapon is far away to cause damage,” said the lawyer.  One of the witnesses, Adolfo Morales Vanegas, pointed to Lovo, as one of the young men who was wounded the night of Gahona’s death, and whom an officialist journalist, named María Victoria, blamed for the death of Gahona.  Francisco Bravo, also a witness of the Prosecutor’s Office, and who was the driver of a patrol that night, said that when he transferred one of the officers who was allegedly wounded that night, he also heard how María Victoria “told some boys that, if they had not fired, Gahona would not have died. ”  García Curtis pointed out the manipulation of the Prosecutor’s Office in the presentation of witnesses who clearly “have a script” prepared to point out the accused as the culprits. He explained that Maria Victoriano pointed directly to Lovo, but shouted to many young people who witnessed the event that night.  “She did not accuse him. He told several boys. The witness says he recognizes who she accused and points to the injured. Of course, the injured is my client, someone who has had a media campaign to blame him, “said the lawyer.

The lawyer also denounced the threats she has suffered from people who have called and written by text message, to desist from defending both young people. The last communication was made prior to the start of the oral trial.  It was a direct threat. “Lawyer, may appear and stay in the networks, but not always in life, remember that it is borrowed,” was the message received by the lawyer, who said he will not back down in his struggle to go the full distance to defend Lovo and Slate. The trial of both young people will continue this August 16. The process of presenting witnesses and evidence is in the court of the Office of the Prosecutor. Then it will be the turn of the defense. They do not want to be naked

In the judgment of Gonzalo Carrión, legal director of Cenidh, the fact that the judiciary continues to deny entry to human rights defenders and independent media, reveals that they hide much and fear that in the presence of the media, the accused may be encouraged to take the floor, which is part of their rights, and report any type of abuse or violation of their human rights.

“They only show it to their media. Not because it is a sample of an open public hearing. The visible ill-treatment, as it was possible to see Medardo, could allow any journalist the possibility to ask the defendant and the government does not want to take the risk that the accused says he is subjected to torture”, said Carrión. The legal director of Cenidh, recalled the case of the massacre of July 19, in which one of those sentenced to more than 100 years, pointed out and denounced his torturer. Carrión said that in addition to being able to expose this, independent media, which are not sheep of the regime, could see the farce of the trial, and the inconsistency in the content of an accusation.

“Independent media have information on how the events actually happened. . They could even disrupt the farce and the lie of the processes. That is why the Judiciary has a lot to hide,” Carrión insisted. In conclusion, the legal director of Cenidh, stressed that the Government has used this type of censorship for many years, and that this is the nature of the dictatorship. “All the cases of political prisoners have been devoid of publicity. That is a contradiction in view because the trials are, oral and public, are made in public hearings, and there is no reason to justify the absence of oversight”,  he concluded.


Which “Superbowl” Is Playing This Weekend – Could There Be Two?

February 2, 2018

By: Gary Hardee
Published: February 2, 2018, 2:37 pm

I cringe at the contemplation that rumors of potential violence at this Sunday’s annual NFL Superbowl might be real. But given that our own 9/11 history teaches us important lessons, it would be a bit naïve to think all is well and that we should worry about nothing. No free society will ever be without the responsibility to be watchful and protective against threats to their lives, liberties and properties.

Should anything significant happen in Minneapolis during the Superbowl, the timing of such an attack will shorten or stop the debate over immigration and what to do with illegals within our borders. Anyone on the side of amnesty or accommodating the recent influx of refugees should not want anything to happen because such an event would cement opinions and eventually end any sympathies that many “undecideds” have on the matter. An “event” will fuel an even greater demand to close our borders, stop all immigration for a time, remove all illegals, end DACA & any “DREAMER’S” hopes for years – and rightly so due to necessary defensive action. It may well fuel Republican victories in November as well!

Our citizens should be very careful believing any narrative that quickly emerges afterwards. Whether that narrative is just to get readers or to “float” the deep state’s position(s) the public should “buy”!

Do you remember the original Tea Party in Boston Harbor? Were those real Indians? Nope! Personally, I would find it difficult to believe that the “average immigrant” would be of a mindset to bomb or disrupt a major event like this, even if many may have no intention of fully integrating or assimilating into our uniquely American culture.

But if you still have suspicions that deep state actors were behind the 9/11 WTC attacks in 2001 to create a “crisis” fowl enough to pass the previously written “Patriot” Act, and fuel a 16+ year-long undeclared war to “profiteer” from it (among the “Military-Industrial Complex”(MIC) companies influenced by CFR board members or their agents) then don’t rule out the possibility that a similar “False Flag” might be planned that would: a) further fuel overseas wars; b) aid in support of increased “defense” spending; c) fuel new, enhanced domestic “security measures”; d) further militarize our local police; e) further “federalize” our local police; f) greatly raise the specter of civil unrest and eventual martial law; g) violate “posse comitatus” protections; h) justify the use of FEMA “camps” that are rumored to exist; i) unify our people to support currently controversial agencies such as the FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA and even FISA court actions and methods. It may likely replace our current discourse about the Nunes “Memo” [#ReleaseTheMemo], rumored to be a “Pandora’s Box”, that may aid our population in routing deep corruption and bias in what are supposed to be our most trusted investigative agencies. And it would seem logical that “Draining the Swamp” efforts could be sidelined for a time in the aftermath of a major event.

Such an event would necessarily call upon the Trump Administration to bring peace and calm back to our streets, neighborhoods and cities, but not before the predictable and expected “corrective measures” would have been taken. Such actions would also be “set upon” by the President’s enemies as proof that he is really just another tyrant like Obama, Bush, Clinton, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, etc. NOT a good setting! So, who wins? Who loses?

Always remember to ask! Who benefits most? Who did benefit the most? Who lost the most? What things were most lost? Answers to those questions will likely identify the culprits and limit misdirected finger pointing.

If you believe the Deep State is a covert clan of anti-american, pro-globalist, pro-government collectivists, then why would you also not believe an attack this weekend would not be something they would want to see or even orchestrate? If the current “Memo” ballyhoo has any credence, then wouldn’t the “Deep State” players have their own “Superbowl” to win? Could this be their great opportunity to score a winning touchdown and stop the much-needed investigations into their corrupt collectivist network?

Now a message from the “farm managers”. “Avoid fake-news and alternative media and trust the reliable sources that most people hear. Turn on your TV and listen to NPR and read the major news sources around the world because they can be trusted to repeat the same narrative emanating from AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, Pravda, PR Newswire and McClatchy. If you do have questions, turn to us for answers and please don’t think for yourself or do “independent” research – that’s what the media is here for after all. Now, enjoy the football game and we’ll give you all the news that’s fit to print. OK? “

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