(posted Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m.)-Three former police officers assigned to protect the grounds surrounding President Daniel Ortega’s presidential compound were found guilty in criminal court Wednesday night for raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old disabled girl on Aug. 9, 2012.
The rape victim, who reportedly has the mental capacity of a child half her age, was walking her dog near her house when she grabbed by the police officers and then raped in an abandoned lot inside the security perimeter of the presidential compound, 30 meters from Ortega’s house. The officers were dishonorably discharged after the rape charges were filed and made public in the press.
Although four officers were initially indentified in the criminal investigation, charges were brought against only three of them. Human rights defender Gonzalo Carrion, who accompanied the family of the victim through the trial, says it’s inconceivable that only three officers were involved in such a horrific crime inside a security zone that’s inundated with police officers.
“How did no one else see this or know this crime was going on inside the police security perimeter?” Carrion demanded after the trial ended. “Are we supposed to think that the presidential security is that vulnerable? It’s completely unbelievable to think that no one else knew this was going on.”
Carrion says it’s the opinion of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) that the full story did not come out during the trial.
“We don’t know the whole truth, so justice was not satisfied completely,” the CENIDH lawyer told The Nicaragua Dispatch.
The rape victim, meanwhile, is reportedly suffering from trauma and depression. She dropped out of school and attempted suicide several times last September. She is now under the state care of the Ministry of the Family.
The three former officers who were found guilty will be sentenced to prison terms at the end of the month.