Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 14, 2022 / 15:00 pm
A Nicaraguan court is ordering a Catholic bishop to remain under house arrest on charges of “conspiracy” and “spreading false news,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing a government media site.
According to the website, El 19 Digital, the court also charged Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa with “damaging the Nicaraguan government and society.”
His first hearing is slated for Jan. 10.
Álvarez was first placed under house arrest in August. Riot police prevented the bishop — along with priests, seminarians, and a layman — from leaving the chancery in Matagalpa from Aug. 4 to Aug. 19. At that point, the police of the Nicaraguan dictatorship, led by President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, abducted Álvarez and took him to Managua, the country’s capital, where he remains.