Nicaraguan political prisoner Santos Sebastián Flores Castillo was found dead in the prison where he had been held since 2013
The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) reported this Wednesday that the lawyer Santos Sebastián Flores Castillo, imprisoned since June 2013 after accuse President Daniel Ortega of having raped his sister Elvia Junieth Flores Castillo when he was 15 years old, was found dead in La Modelo prison in Tipitapa.
Cenidh demanded that the Ministry of the Interior and the Nicaraguan prison system carry out “an exhaustive investigation that reports the causes of death” of Flores in prison on Monday morning at the age of 52. “From Cenidh we have always been accompanying the family of Santos Sebastián; and denouncing the acts of physical and psychological torture that made him suffer during all these years of unjust confinement “, says the agency’s statement.
The relatives of Santos Sebastián Flores Castillo assure that it was imprisoned “unjustly” for having defended his sister, who also became pregnant due to the rape, according to the complaint. The lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2013, accused of aggravated rape by Lucila Narcisa Cortez García, who was a public defender of the Judiciary and a friend of Sandinista judge Gertrudis Gaitán. He was considered one of the first political prisoners of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.
“I am unjustly imprisoned because Daniel Ortega Saavedra hates me to death,” said Santos Flores Castillo in a letter written in prison
Flores Castillo had sent a letter to Cenidh where he related details of the torture he suffered in prison and described as “revenge” for having denounced President Ortega, then in his second term. “Daniel Ortega hates me to death because I did not agree with the couple’s relationship when he made my sister Elvia Junieth his wife, when she was 15 years old”said the letter written by the detainee.