Nicaragua: Hefty prison terms for farm leaders in protests

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A judge on Monday gave lengthy prison terms to three farmers' leaders who participated in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government, citing them for terrorism and other alleged crimes that their defenders consider political and trumped-up. Julio Montenegro, defense lawyer for Medardo Mairena, said his client, who represented the opposition Civic Alliance in failed peace talks last year, received 216 years while Pedro Mena got 210 and Luis Orlando Pineda 159. Montenegro called Mairena's sentence "the most exaggerated" — prosecutors had sought far lesser sentences of 73 years for Mairena and 30 for Pineda.

Nicaragua: Hefty prison terms for farm leaders in protests
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