Monday, October 17

Ex-Colonel Boitano arrested

Voice of Nicaragua - The National Police arrested Victor Boitano, a Retired Army Colonel and strong critic of the government of Daniel Ortega. Boitano Colenman was arrested after Enrique Quiñonez, presidential candidate of the National Liberal Alliance (ALN), revealed at a press conference that Boitano was planning to kidnap a daughter of President Ortega.

A police spokesman, Commissioner Major Fernando Borge, said at a news conference that Boitano, who was arrested at his residence on Sunday, seized a 38 caliber revolver and ammunitions in addition to three computers, including a laptop.

Diana Urbina, candidate for vice president of ALN, told at the same conference that the former military "more than once expressed to her the idea of kidnapping the daughter of Ortega" in revenge for the death of his father and two brothers attributed to the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front in the 80's.   Urbina added that the ex-colonel proposed that to her on September 3, but she thought that it was a joke, but three days later he insisted on the issue. 

Boitano's wife, Eugenia Valle Olivares, reported this morning that the National Police officers acted with violence during the arrest of her husband.  Valle said that officers dressed in black with their faces covered, entered "aggressively" Boitano's house and assaulted their 20 year old son, who fell to the ground, then the police smashed his face and brutally kicked his head.    During a press conference the young showed the 14 stitches in his chin, as a result of the assault.    According to Valle, also the 14 year old Boitano's daughter was beaten by the police.

Valle declared to the local press that her husband was going to denounce an alleged alliance between Ortega and Quiñonez.

Boitano Coleman, 50, was a Sandinista guerrilla during the struggle against the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in the 70's and is one of the founders of the current national army. He holds university degrees in military studies obtained in France, Croatia, Spain, the former Soviet Union, Cuba and Nicaragua.