The lawyer Yonarqui Martínez, recognized for defending prisoners of conscience, denounced that last week, in an “apparent error”, the Managua Court Notifications Office delivered a summons for her at the house of a political prisoner and not at his home. Situation that exposes her to being arrested.
Martínez had to appear, on June 2, at the Managua Courts to participate as an expert in a case in which she is not the accused. However, according to the notification —that she did not arrive at her home— an arrest warrant would be issued against her if she did not appear.
“They took the notification to a place that is not my address. Today (Monday) that I joined my work, a third person tells me that I have problems because I did not arrive to an appointment that I had on June 2, I began to investigate and I found out that the notifier visited two relatives of political prisoners; one who, as he is already released, refused to receive it and another who received the notification thinking that it was for the relative of his political prisoner, ”Martinez explained.
In interview with CONFIDENTIALthe lawyer advocated for “more transparency and efficiency on the part of the Managua Court Notification Office.”
“If the notification never reached me, I do not have to appear. There must be greater transparency and efficiency by the Notifications Office of the Managua Courts in terms of making notifications, so I advocate that they act as they should and annul that procedure, if there is one, and not give any process or an arrest warrant against me, because I was not notified”, remarked the human rights defender.
In recent years, Martínez has been the victim of reprisals from the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo for legally representing political prisoners. The defender has been harassed in her home; she has suffered traffic tickets that she has described as unjustified; and she has been beaten and harassed by police and people related to the ruling party.