Nicaragua charges Colombian man with espionage
MANAGUA – Prosecutors on Thursday accused a Colombian man of obtaining military documents for the Armed Forces of Colombia for more than a year, officials said.
Luis Felipe Ríos was “charged with violating state secrets,” prosecutor Armando Juárez said.
A criminal court admitted the complaint and issued a preventive detention order against the defendant until July 26, when there will be a hearing to determine whether the case is taken to trial.
Nicaraguan Army General Julio Avilés said in a press conference that the Colombian man arrived in the country in late 2010 “posing as a Spanish reporter,” with the purpose of establishing relationships with people who could provide classified military information. He presented himself as a correspondent for a magazine covering security and defense issues.
General Avilés said two Nicaraguan soldiers were also arrested for leaking confidential information: Lt. Amaru Álvarez and Cpt. Leonidas Castillo, who will be tried by a military court.
Nicaraguan officials did not give specific details about the allegedly stolen information.
You may be interested
Tico Times Shade: What does ‘middle class’ mean in Costa Rica?Alejandro Zúñiga - October 18, 2018
It’s not often The Tico Times writes an explainer about basic Costa Rican daily living that’s equally surprising to a…
Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan activist Alvaro LeivaAFP - October 18, 2018
Costa Rica granted the Nicaraguan human rights activist Alvaro Leiva political asylum last week. Leiva is the secretary of the…