After finding and attempting to exile Pastor Álvares from Nicaragua, he has been sentenced to 26 years in prison. The sentence was unexpectedly moved forward from its original date, which was due to be handed down in early March.
The political crisis in Nicaragua has already registered 222 political prisoners since the social outbreak in 2018. The case of Pastor Álvarez becomes part of the number of prisoners, where four other pastors are added.
In this case, the record dates back to August 2022, when Pastor Rolando Alvarez and other priests were arrested. It happened in tensions and disagreements between the Catholic Church and the government of Nicaragua, led by Daniel Ortega.
The Christian Post:
Nicaragua’s federal police claimed they arrested Alvarez to “restore normalcy for the residents and families of Matagalpa,” and had he not been arrested, he would have continued with “destabilizing and provocative activities,” the Catholic News Agency reported at the time.
Silvio Baez, a top Nicaraguan bishop exiled in Miami, called the sentence “irrational and out of control,” praised Alvarez’s “moral superiority” and predicted in a tweet that he would eventually be released.
When he began the social revolt against the reforms of the public system, Ortega requested the mediation of the church. Over time, the Ortega government’s methods began to get tougher and harsher against the protesters. It was then that the clergy also began to be attacked, protecting and supporting citizens who were repressed.
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