BREAKING NEWS: Wrongfully Convicted American Citizen Jason Puracal Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison by Nicaraguan Political Agent
Managua, Nicaragua - American citizen Jason Puracal was sentenced to 22 years in a maximum security prison by “a Nicaraguan political agent of the Socialist Sandinista Party that is neither a judge nor licensed attorney,” says U.S. Attorney Anna Tolin of Tolin Law Firm.
Tolin added, “Despite all evidence to the contrary, this former Peace Corps volunteer was convicted on false charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. The trial process was replete with violations of Nicaraguan law and failed to meet even minimum standards of due process and fairness.”
Nicaraguan press confirmed the man appointed to preside over Puracal’s trial, 29-year-old Kriguer Alberto Artola Narvaez, does not meet the requirements to serve as a judge and is not a licensed attorney. “He was, instead, assigned to the bench by the Sandinista government in violation of Nicaraguan law,” says Tolin.
After he failed to show up for the scheduled sentencing hearing, Artola Narvaez issued the sentence in absentia, never calling the defendants or legal team back into the courtroom to face them.
The defense will file an immediate appeal in the Appeals Tribunal of Granada.
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