On 5th July, OFAC sanctioned –
- Nicaraguan National Police Commissioner Francisco Javier Diaz Madriz (Diaz);
- Secretary of the Mayor’s Office of Managua Fidel Antonio Moreno Briones (Moreno)
for being responsible for, or the leaders of entities involved in, serious human rights abuse in Nicaragua.
OFAC also designated Jose Francisco Lopez Centeno (Lopez), the Vice President of ALBA de Nicaragua (ALBANISA) and President of Petronic, for engaging in corrupt activities. It says that, since protests began in April, the Nicaraguan government’s violent response has included beatings of journalists, attacks against local TV and radio stations, and assaults on mothers mourning the deaths of their children and that violence perpetrated by security forces and others that have resulted in the death of at least 220 demonstrators, and nearly 1,500 injured.