WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The USA on Friday sought to additional stress Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega with one other spherical of sanctions, this time concentrating on the nation’s military chief and finance minister.
In an announcement, the U.S. Treasury Division stated it had imposed sanctions on Julio Cesar Aviles, Nicaragua’s military commander-in-chief, and Ivan Adolfo Acosta, its finance and public credit score minister. The sanctions first appeared on the division’s web site.
“The Ortega regime’s continued violations of primary human rights, blatant corruption, and widespread violence in opposition to the Nicaraguan persons are unacceptable,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated in an announcement, including that the US would proceed to “goal those that prop up the Ortega regime and perpetuate the oppression of the Nicaraguan individuals.”
U.S. officers have beforehand focused Ortega’s leftist authorities because the Trump administration seeks to extend stress amid anti-government protests in opposition to what critics have stated it Ortega’s more and more authoritarian-style rule.
In March, Washington sanctioned the Nicaraguan Nationwide Police over accusations of human rights abuse. Final 12 months, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Ortega’s son in addition to three different Nicaraguan officers, amongst others.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Andrea Ricci)