(Cast/Eng) a-infos NICARAGUA

neil birrell (neil@lds.co.uk)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 12:09:00 +0100


>ASESINATO DEL ESUDIANTE CARDO POR LA POLICIA NACIONAL
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CARDO JIRON - STUDENT - MURDERED BY NATIONAL POLICE

>Por primera vez en Nicaragua se "permiti=F3" la participaci=F3n de la=
comunidad
>universitaria en una investigaci=F3n policial.
>

For the first time in Nicaragua the university community has been allowed to
participate in a police investigation.

>Hace unas semanas, miembros de la polic=EDa nacional (PN) asesinaron Cardo
>Jir=F3n, estudiante de Zootecnia de la Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) en
>Managua, Nicaragua. Otros 2 estudiantes fueron golpeados.
>

A few weeks ago, members of the national police (PN) murdered Cardo Jiron, a
zoology student in the UCA in Managua. Two other students were wounded

>Por la hacienda La Polvosa donde los estudiantes hac=EDan sus pr=E1cticas,
>fueron asaltadas unas haciendas y violada una se=F1ora, se dio reporte a la
>PN, estos encontraron a los delincuentes, quienes ten=EDan en ese momento a
>los estudiantes en el piso, la polic=EDa se enfrent=F3 a tiros con los
>delincuentes y result=F3 herido un delincuente y el estudiante. Al no
>encontrar se=F1ales de vida en el estudiante, se le dej=F3 ah=ED. Luego=
los
>estudiantes que lo acompa=F1aban, quienes aseguran Cardo estaba aun vivo y
>ped=EDan atenci=F3n inmediata, fueron golpeados por los policias y=
encerrados.
>

On the La Polvosa campus some properties were attacked and a woman was rape.
This was reported to the police who then detained the offenders who were
holding the students at the time in the flat. The police opened fire on the
offenders wounding one of them and the student. On finding no signs of life
in the student they left him there. At that point the students who were with
him, who are certain that he was alive and who asked for immediate medical
attention, were wounded by the police and taken into custody.

>La versi=F3n policial inicialmente niega el asesinato de Cardo, niega que=
haya
>sobrevivido al impacto de bala, y no aclara la agresi=F3n de los=
estudiantes
>(siguieron presos hasta el d=EDa siguiente). Adem=E1s sostiene que los
>estuiantes andaban "bolos" (ebrios).
>

The police version initially denied the murder charge saying he couldn't
have survived the impact of the bullet and would not explain what agression
the students had shown (they are still being held in detention). Moreover
they claim the students were drunk

>Debido a esto los estudiantes de la UCA se reunieron y fueron en una marcha
>pac=EDfica a la PN, a reclamar justicia, la presi=F3n sobre la PN los=
oblig=F3 a
>formar un comite de investigaci=F3n, en el cual se incluyeron dos
>representantes de la UCA (un estudiante y un profesor). Adem=E1s se
>comprometi=F3 a dar una conferencia en la universidad dando el informe=
final.
>Se hizo luego otra marcha a la Procuradoria General como presi=F3n para que
>los policias involucrados sean juzgados por el juzagado civil.
>

Given this situation the UCA students met and went on a peaceful protest to
the police station demanding justice. This pressure forced the police to set
up an investigation which included two UCA reps (a professor and a student).
They also agreed to make the final outcome public at a university meeting.
This was followed by another march to the offices of the Director of Public
Prosecutions to press for a civil trial for the officers involved.

>Hoy 28 de Septiembre, se dio la conferencia (un foro abierto), y el informe=
=20
>dice que los estudiantes fueron confundidos por tener camisetas similares a
>la de los delincuentes, adem=E1s no se veia claro y no se distingui=F3 que
>estaban tirados en el suelo [????]. Sostiene tambi=E9n que los delincuentes
>abrieron fuego, y que el arma que dispar=F3 el tiro que mat=F3 a Cardo
>pertenec=EDa a un CPF (guardian) de una hacienda vecina, que fue asignada a=
un
>polic=EDa. Este polic=EDa as=ED como los que golpearon a los otros=
estudiantes
>ser=E1n entregados a la Procurador=EDa General, donde se decidir=E1 si debe
>hacerceles un juicio civil. Se asegur=F3 que a Cardo no se le dej=F3=
morir,
>sino que ya estaba muerto, y que adem=E1s el m=E9dico forense indic=F3 que=
no
>podr=EDa vivir m=E1s de 10 o 15 minutos depu=E9s de un impact=F3 como ese=
[????].
>Hubieron, durante la exposici=F3n del informe, varias interrupciones donde=
los
>estudiantes pifiaron a los policias llamandolos mentirosos y asesinos,=
luego
>los estudiantes que participaron el la comisi=F3n y el CENIDH (centro de
>investigaci=F3n de los derechos humanos) presentaron su informe. Hubieron
>preguntas de parte de los estudiantes, profesores y de los familiares.
>

Today, 28th Sept., is the day of the conference (an open forum) and it has
been reported that the students had been wrongly identified because they
were wearing T-shirts which were similar to those of the offenders. Also the
light was poor and they couldn't see who was on the floor (???). They also
claim that the offenders opened fire and they claim that the lethal shot
came from a CPF (warden) in a neighbouring property rather than from a
police officer. This officer along with those who assalted the other
students will be handed over to the DPP who will decide if they are to have
civil proceedings brought against them. It has been restated that they did
not leave Cardo to die but that he was already dead and that moreover the
forensic evidence indicates that he would not have been able to survive such
a shooting for more than 10 or 15 minutes (????). Whilst this was all being
announced there many interuptions from the students with whistles and
accusations against the police of lying and murder. Then the students who
participated in the commission and the CENIDH (human rights investigation
centre) gave their report. There were questions asked by interested parties

>Cuando se les pregunt=F3 a los representantes de la PN acerca de su
>responsabilidad como instituci=F3n, afirm=F3 que era una pregunta=
importante, y
>que era necesario ver que responsabilidad tiene, pero se indic=F3 una ley
>policial que se=F1ala que la responsabilidad era individual cuando uno de=
sus
>miembros desobedec=EDa la ley.
>

When the PN reps were asked about their institutional responsibilities they
accepted that it was an important question so as to see what responsibility
they had. They refered to police legistlation which indicates that that the
responsibility is individual when a member breaks the law.

>Finalmente se habl=F3 de falta de patrullas, falta de capacitaci=F3n de los
>policias, y por iniciativa de un miembro de la UCA se comprometi=F3 a la=
UCA y
>a la PN a formar un seminario de capacitaci=F3n constante, en la UCA, para=
los
>polic=EDas, y as=ED colaborar a construir la seguridad ciudadana. El=
seminario
>llevar=EDa el nombre de Cardo Jir=F3n.
>

Finally they spoke of the lack of patrols, and low numbers of officers and,
on the initiative of one member of the UCA it was decided that the UCA and
the PN should organise a permanent training course, at the UCA, for police
officers and thus work for the safety of the citizen. The course would be
named after Cardo Jiron.

>Los estudiantes esperan ahora una decisi=F3n justa y pronta de parte de la
>Procurador=EDa General en caso contrario est=E1n listos para tomar nuevas
>medidas de presi=F3n.
>

The students now hope that a fair and fast decision will be taken by the
DPP. If not they are ready to take further action.