ACI Prensa Staff, Apr 11, 2023 / 17:00 pm
Félix Maradiaga, a former political prisoner and presidential candidate who now lives in exile in the United States, explained why he believes that Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who was sentenced to 26 years and four months in prison, decided to stay in Nicaragua and not be deported to the United States when he had the chance to leave.
In a recent interview with EWTN and ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, Maradiaga said he was edified by “seeing the example of a bishop who has given absolutely everything for the freedom of his people.”
Álvarez was sentenced on Feb. 10 after he was unjustly accused of being a “traitor to the homeland” due to his criticism of the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.
A day earlier, the bishop refused to be part of the 222 political prisoners, which included priests and seminarians, who were deported to the United States.