WASHINGTON DC: Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six officials of the Government of Nicaragua pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13851. President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo are scheduled to be inaugurated today following fraudulent national elections orchestrated by their regime in November, further consolidating their control of power to the detriment of the Nicaraguan people. This action targets officials of the Nicaraguan military, the Nicaraguan minister of defense, the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunic-ations and Mail (TELCOR), and the state-owned Nicaraguan Mining Comp-any (ENIMINAS). Treasur-y is taking this action along with the European Union, which also adopted sanctions today related to the Ortega-Murillo regime’s ongoing abuses.
“The Ortega-Murillo re-gime continues its subjugation of democracy through effectuating sham elections, silencing peaceful o-pposition, and holding hundreds of people as political prisoners,” said Under Sec-retary for Terrorism and Fi-nancial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “The United St-ates and our partners are sending a clear message to President Ortega, Vice President Murillo, and their inner circle that we continue to stand with the Nicar-aguan people in their calls for the immediate release of these political prisoners and a return to democracy.”
As a complement to OFAC’s actions, the Department of State took steps to impose visa restrictions on individuals complicit in undermining democracy in Nicaragua, including mayors, prosecutors, and university administrators, as well as police, prison, and military officials.