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The Nicaraguan government has released images of Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who has been under arrest since 2022

The Nicaraguan government has released images of Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who has been under arrest since 2022

(CNN Spanish) –– The government of President Daniel Ortega released several images this Tuesday of Monsignor Rolando Alvarez Lagos, Bishop of Matagalpa, who was arrested in February 2022 and is serving a 26-year and four-month prison sentence on charges of conspiracy and spreading falsehood. news. , among other crimes.

Bishop is seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the video. He sits in a dining room chair and watches the television screen mounted on the wall. There are plastic bottles of various drinks on the table, and to one side is a room with some potted plants.

“As can be seen in the video and photos, the conditions of the prison are strictly adhered to, including priority and medical consultations, family visits and receiving packages, as defamatory campaigns try to convince us,” the ministry said. . In a statement from the government of Nicaragua, reflected by the official media L19 Digital.

The images were released a day after the bishop’s 57th birthday, according to the Vatican News site, the official media of the Holy See.

CNN could not independently verify the date indicated by Nicaraguan authorities or the conditions under which the video and photos of Bishop Alvarez were captured.

In the US, Rep. Michael McCall points to “false propaganda”.

Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN via email that the video released by Nicaraguan authorities bolsters the case for Bishop Alvarez’s release.

“The regime’s campaign of lies to support baseless accusations against Bishop Alvarez proves once again that he deserves to be free. “My call to President Ortega to immediately and unconditionally release the bishop from this unjust detention continues,” the legislator said.

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