The Nicaraguan government says in a statement, sent to The Diplomat by its Embassy in Madrid, that “has released 50 people for crimes against common security and public tranquillity” under the Amnesty Law passed by the Nicaraguan Parliament last Saturday.
The law, which was published yesterday in the Official Gazette, provides for a “broad amnesty to all persons who have participated in events throughout the national territory from 18 April 2018 to date”.
According to a previous communiqué, “the amnesty extends to people who have not been investigated, who are in the process of investigation, in criminal proceedings to determine responsibility and in compliance with enforcement of sentences. The law covers both political and common crimes, but exempts those regulated in international treaties signed by Nicaragua.
The opposition rejected this law on the grounds that it only seeks to free the National Police and the armed civilians who repressed the protests between May and July last year from legal accusations.