Disseminate list of 222 expatriates from Nicaragua to the US

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Félix Maradiaga, 46 years old and leader of the Blue and White National Unity, is another of those expelled. He is an academic and activist with liberal roots who was arrested after appearing to testify before the Prosecutor's Office, where they confirmed that they had opened an investigation.

Maradiaga was accused of allegedly causing the social outbreak against the Ortega government in April 2018.

Juan Sebastián Chamorro, nephew-in-law of former President Barrios de Chamorro, was a candidate for the Presidency for the CxL (center-right) alliance.

He was part of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, which was a counterpart to the Executive at a negotiating table with which a peaceful solution to the crisis that Nicaragua has been experiencing since 2018 was sought.

Another opposition leader expelled is the journalist Miguel Mora, founder, owner and former director of the television channel 100% Noticias, closed by the authorities. The building where 100% Noticias operated was confiscated in December 2018 and turned into a center for youth at risk.

Also the peasant leader Medardo Mairena, who was sentenced by a judge close to Ortega to 216 years in prison for allegedly killing four policemen. He was subsequently amnestied, and then again imprisoned.

He formally presented his candidacy for the Peasant Movement, which belongs to the opposition National Coalition.

And Noel Vidaurre, a lawyer and conservative politician who ran for president in the 1996 elections and was under house arrest.

The list includes businessmen, human rights defenders, Sandinista dissidents, journalists, activists, and independent professionals.

On Monday a judge of Nicaragua imposed 10-year prison sentences on Monday on four priests and two seminarians for treason and propagation of false news, amid what human rights organizations describe as one of the biggest attacks against critics of President Daniel Ortega .

This, after on Sunday, the priest Óscar Danilo Benavidez Dávila, critical of the Government of Daniel Ortegawas sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime of conspiracy and propagation of false news to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua and society.

US receives expatriates

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday welcomed the release of more than 200 political prisoners in Nicaraguawho were transferred to Washington, and described the fact as a "constructive step" to address human rights abuses in the Central American nation.

Nicaraguan activists gathered at the Dulles airport in DC to welcome expatriate political prisoners.

“The release of these individuals, one of whom is a United States citizen, by the Government of Nicaraguamarks a constructive step to address human rights abuses in the country and opens the door for greater dialogue between the United States and Nicaragua on issues of concern," Blinken said in a statement.

The official added that these people arrived in the United States and that Washington will provide them with medical and legal support to facilitate their arrival.

With information from Reuters and EFE

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