Exiled Nicaraguan to help make criminal case against Daniel Ortega

Félix Maradiaga, president of the Foundation for the Freedom of Nicaragua, began a tour of Argentina on Aug. 30 in an effort to strengthen the fight for political and religious freedom and human rights in his country by providing documentation for legal proceedings against Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega.

Maradiaga ran for president of Nicaragua in 2021 but was arrested by the regime during his campaign and spent 611 days in the dreaded El Chipote prison. Along with 221 other political prisoners, he was stripped of his Nicaraguan citizenship by the dictatorship and deported to the United States on Feb. 9 in a deal with the U.S. State Department.

Without a Nicaraguan passport, Maradiaga is traveling under a special travel document issued to him by the U.S. government.

The opposition leader’s visit is part of a strategy to consolidate international pressure against the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua and is part of the criminal investigation launched in Argentina against Ortega; his wife, Rosario Murillo; and other high-ranking officials for crimes against humanity.

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