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Nicaraguan opposition leaders charged with several alleged criminal acts

TWO former leaders of the Nicaraguan opposition, which launched violent attacks against the Sandinista government and its supporters last April, have been exposed for alleged criminal acts.

Edwin Carcache, one of the students who played a key role in the attempted coup against President Daniel Ortega, allegedly plotted to kidnap his own daughter during the violence.

Despite claims that he is a “political prisoner,” Mr Carcache has been charged with “aggravated robbery, obstruction of government functions, facilitating tax evasion, illegal possession of firearms, attempted homicide, very serious injuries and fires to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua.”

He has been branded the leader of one of the “terrorist gangs” that rocked Nicaragua when armed militia set up roadblocks across the country to cripple the economy and destabilise the government.

Mr Carcache was released from prison in June under the terms of an amnesty agreement made by the Sandinista government in its bid to restore peace to the country.

Today his former wife Albania Verana alleged that he plotted to use his own child in a fake kidnap plot to undermine the Sandinista government.

She alleged he planned to send her to Costa Rica with their daughter and transfer them money for their upkeep.

Describing his plan as crazy, she said he would blame their disappearance on supporters of Mr Ortega.

“If he did not know how to be a father how he can be a good leader?” she said.

Evidence relating to another key member of the Civica Alliance, Edward Lacayo, known as “La Loba,” showed video footage of his capture in March.

His lawyers are also portraying him as a “political prisoner.” But video footage allegedly showed six packages of cocaine, totalling six kilos. He faces a 15-year sentence on drug-smuggling charges.

The Sandinista government defeated the US-back coup attempt and has implemented measures to restore peace to Nicaragua.

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