The Nicaraguan Government accused a Roman Catholic priest of involvement in rebel activity, but the priest has rejected the charge.
1. GVs PAN & CUs Captured weapons, dynamite and ammunition (5 shots) 0.20
2. GV Leader of Sandinista Security forces, Lenin Cerna speaking (SPANISH SOT) 0.41
3. GV Cameraman 0.43
4. GV Captured alleged saboteur Pedro Hernan Espinoza Sanchez speaks (SPANISH SOT) 0.55
5. GVs & SVs Press watchers MONO VIDEOTAPE of three men allegedly including Father Luis Amado Pena examining explosives (4 shots) 1.26
6. GVs PAN four other prisoners seated for photographers, Pedro Hernan Espinoza Sanchez led to sit beside them (3 shots) 2.00
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Background: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
The Nicaraguan Government accused a Roman Catholic priest of involvement in rebel activity, but the priest has rejected the charge. State Security chief Lenin Cerna convened a news conference on June 20 to present Pedro Hernan Espinoza Sanchez, accused of being the leader of an "internal front". Newsmen were shown an array of captured explosives and weapons allegedly to be used in acts of sabotage to "create fear and anxiety" among the Nicaraguan people. Later they saw a videotape purporting to show the accused priest, Father Luis Amado Pena, looking over weapons destined for the internal rebel movement. Four other alleged anti-Sandinistas were brought to the news conference, and Lenin Cerna said they supported the Honduran-based Nicaraguan Democratic Force, largest of the anti-government groups. The next day, 1,000 pro-government demonstrators invaded the church where Father Pena was preaching. They broke up the mass as they shouted demands for his expulsion on the ground of anti-government activities. Father Pena denied ever knowingly receiving explosives. He was the victim of a publicity stunt, he said, in a campaign of hostility against the Catholic Church. The Sandinista Government and the Church have been at odds for some time. A pastoral letter said six priests and six nuns had recently been forced to leave the country because of unproven allegations against them.
Source: REUTERS - ERICO ZAS CANO