July 13, 1992 |
Gen. Humberto Ortega, former guerrilla leader and current head of Nicaragua's army, may face a court-martial over charges he covered up a killing by his bodyguards, a judge has ruled. Judge Boanerges Ojeda this month handed over to a military judge-advocate the case, which has sparked a political storm in this tiny Central American country. The case alleges that members of Ortega's eight-man bodyguard fatally shot a 16-year-old Nicaraguan, Jean Paul Genie, on Oct.
May 27, 1994 |
The last time President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro tried to fire Gen. Humberto Ortega, the powerful army chief lashed out publicly at government officials for having "sold out" to pressure from Washington. He refused to budge. Months later, Ortega has finally agreed to step down, having successfully delayed his retirement date by more than a year.
December 31, 1990 |
Jean Paul Genie had no future in the old Nicaragua. Some of his friends had gone to battle and come home crippled. Others had fled to avoid conscription. His parents, fearful for their only child as he neared draft age, made plans to abandon the country. Then last February, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was elected president, ending a decade of Sandinista rule. She abolished military conscription and settled the Contra war. Exiles came back.
April 27, 1990 |
Gen. Humberto Ortega, the Sandinista military chief, says he aims to trim Nicaragua's army to about 30,000 to 40,000 troops, less than half its current size, under a mandate from President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro. "Our country cannot support a military budget the size it is now," Ortega told reporters late Wednesday at a gala inaugural reception offered by Chamorro after she took power from defeated Sandinista President Daniel Ortega, the general's brother.
April 26, 1990 |
The Bush Administration, acting on its own before Congress completes work on a $300-million assistance package, presented the new government of Nicaragua with an inaugural gift Wednesday marking the end of Sandinista rule: emergency medical aid, eligibility for financial credits and loan guarantees, and permission to resume sugar sales to the United States.
February 28, 1990 |
President-elect Violeta Barrios de Chamorro joined the defeated Sandinista government Tuesday night in urging the U.S.-backed Contras to disarm immediately and end their eight-year-old rebellion. "The causes of this civil war have disappeared," Chamorro said in her first substantive message since her stunning electoral upset of President Daniel Ortega on Sunday. "There is no reason for more war.