Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa claims the manager was found guilty of money laundering

MANAGUA, March 24 (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday found Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro, director of La Prensa newspaper, guilty of money laundering, according to the newspaper, in a case that critics of President Daniel Ortega say is politically motivated.

Nicaraguan judicial authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the verdict. A sentencing is due March 31, the newspaper said.

The ruling came the same week judges found Holmann’s cousins ​​Cristiana Chamorro and Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, who are also members of the newspaper’s board, guilty of money laundering and embezzlement, respectively. .

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La Prensa has been a vocal critic of Ortega, who says his opponents tried to force him to quit illegally with foreign backing.

Holmann Chamorro has been under arrest since August, when police raided and occupied the newspaper’s offices. Since then, the journal has only been published online.

He claimed his innocence and implied that he and his relatives were targeted for carrying the Chamorro name.

Cristiana and Pedro Joaquin are the children of former President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, who defeated Ortega in the 1990 election to end her first term in office.

The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Ismael Lopez; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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