(posted June 13, 4:35 p.m.)- CNN journalist Anderson Cooper will interview incarcerated U.S. citizen Jason Puracal from his Nicaraguan jail cell tonight on AC360.
On the CNN webpage, Cooper describes Nicaragua’s infamous La Modelo prison, where Puracal is serving a 22-year sentence without appeal, a “hellhole.”
“Nicaraguan authorities don’t see it that way,” Cooper writes in the preview to tonight’s show. “They say Puracal was using his real estate business in San Juan del Sur as a front to launder money and run an international drug trafficking operation. Puracal was arrested in November 2010. But no drugs were found and no evidence linking him to the charges was presented at his trial, his supporters say. Still, he was convicted of the crimes.
“For the past 18 months, Puracal and his supporters have been fighting for his release. A UN group is calling for his freedom. While, 43 members of the U.S. House sent a letter urging Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to order an independent review of his case.
“Puracal called Anderson from behind bars to talk about his ordeal. See the interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.”