Managua Judge Julio César Arías ordered opposition legislative candidate Víctor Boitano to a preventive prison sentence during a preliminary trial Wednesday morning.
Boitano, a congressional candidate for the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN), is being accused of carrying an illegal weapon and shooting and seriously injuring José Dolores Almendares during a political rally Aug. 10.
The charges against Boitano were filed a day after he was publically accused of plotting to kidnap President Daniel Ortega’s daughter, Camilia. Boitano, a former cornel in the Sandinista Popular Army and a vocal critic of Ortega, claims he is being set up for denouncing political corruption.
Boitano entered the courtroom shouting “I am innocent, I am innocent!”
His trial is scheduled to start Oct. 31.