Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2002 - Nicaragua

Threats against Judge Juana Méndez Pérez148

On 30th September 2002 Mrs. Méndez received a telephone call at her office. The caller told her that "if she did not release in the next ten days the detainee Bayron Jerez Solis, they would kill first her children, then her".

Apparently the threat is linked to the sentence the judge passed on 10th September 2002 on two ex-officials of the former President Arnoldo Alemán Lacayo. The judge had requested the National Assembly to divest them of their parliamentary function, so that they could be judged for fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy, and money laundering.

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148. See urgent appeal NIC 001/1002/OBS 060.


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