Tegucigalpa, Jul 16 (EFE).- Bishops, priests and opposition leaders of Nicaragua charged this Sunday against former Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes (2009-2014) for criticizing Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, sentenced to more than 26 years in prison for “treason against Homeland”.
Funes, who currently lives in Nicaragua and who was sentenced in his country last May to 14 years in prison for crimes committed in the framework of a truce between the gangs during his government, released a video on YouTube in which he stated that Álvarez He was sentenced for “apology of the crime.”
In his message, the former Salvadoran president, who was granted Nicaraguan nationality by the government of Daniel Ortega, said that “it is not true” that the same thing happened to Monsignor Álvarez as to the Archbishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero.
“Monsignor Romero was a man committed to the people. Monsignor Álvarez is committed and colluded with the interests of the right-wing opposition,” he launched.
Funes said that Romero was accused of being subversive and destabilizing, but he was not brought before the courts of that time, but rather “assassinated by the right, by the death squads.”
“Monsignor Álvarez has not been murdered, he has not been summarily executed by the right-wing cadroneras that also exist here (in Nicaragua)”, rather the Nicaraguan Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against him “because he was using all the media apparatus he had under his their responsibility to disseminate messages of hatred and permanent confrontation with the Government (…). It was a clear apology for the crime,” he commented.
BISHOP: FUNES SHOWS HIS MORAL BASE
“The Salvadoran Mauricio Funes tries to denigrate Monsignor Rolando J. Álvarez in a shameless and cynical way. He wants to ingratiate himself with the dictatorship that protects him, but it only shows his human smallness and his moral baseness,” the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese wrote on Twitter. from Managua, Silvio Báez, who was ordered by Pope Francis to leave Nicaragua in 2019 for security reasons.
Funes “is a very sad fugitive from Justice in El Salvador, sentenced to 14 years in prison. Period,” wrote, for his part, the priest Bosco José Rodríguez Alvarado.
The denationalized Nicaraguan opposition leader Félix Maradiaga declared himself outraged by the statements of the “fugitive Mauricio Funes against Monsignor Rolando Álvarez.”
“I categorically repudiate the disrespectful statements of the corrupt former president of El Salvador Mauricio Funes against Monsignor Rolando Álvarez,” Maradiaga said in a message, in which he pointed out that Álvarez “is kidnapped by the Daniel Ortega dictatorship and unjustly sentenced to 26 years in prison, simply for exercising his pastoral role in Nicaragua against a tyrannical regime”.
“IS IT PART OF THE RENT THAT ORTEGA CHARGES YOU?”
“Funes has evaded prison simply thanks to the protection that his partner Daniel Ortega has given him. However, with great impudence, he rants against Monsignor Álvarez, repeating the insults and slander of the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship,” he added.
Maradiaga wondered if “are those servile statements part of the rent that Ortega charges Funes to have a hideout in Managua? Possibly.”
The Nicaraguan University Alliance also condemned “the attack by the fugitive Funes” against Bishop Álvarez and called the former Salvadoran president “a criminal protected by the Sandinista dictatorship.”