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US-Nicaraguan man killed in detention served in US Navy

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A Nicaraguan-American dual national who died in a prison disturbance in Nicaragua served in the U. S. Navy and was a staunch opponent of…
A Nicaraguan-American dual national who died in a prison disturbance in Nicaragua served in the U. S. Navy and was a staunch opponent of the government of President Daniel Ortega, his cousin said Saturday.
Eddy Montes Praslin, 56, was shot dead Thursday at La Modelo prison outside the capital of Managua. Hundreds of Nicaraguans have been jailed over the past year after protesting against the government.
His cousin Marvin Montes told The Associated Press that Montes Praslin moved to the U. S. when he was 13 years old, went to school in California and served in the Navy.
He said Montes Praslin traveled back and forth between the two countries, establishing himself more permanently in Nicaragua since 2006. Montes Praslin at one point studied medicine, and he received a law degree from a Nicaraguan university in 2018, his cousin said.
At least 17 others who had been arrested for apparently participating in anti-government protests were wounded in the prison disturbance. The government said prisoners rushed at guards.
Marvin Montes said his cousin was jailed in October after complaining to police that pro-government activists had occupied several acres of his property in Matagalpa, a city in northern Nicaragua.

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