Nicaragua: US citizen arrested during anti-government protest killed in Prison

May 17, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Nicaragua: US citizen arrested during anti-government protest killed in Prison: Brainwave Science


A 57-year-old Nicaraguan American man arrested in May last year during an anti-government protest was killed by a bullet in a prison near Managua where he was being held.

Nicaragua’s interior ministry said the incident in La Modelo prison began in the early afternoon when a group of prisoners caused “a serious disturbance to the public order.” Interior Ministry identified the killed prisoner as Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin.

Hundreds of people were killed and hundreds more detained in a crackdown on protests that were triggered in April last year by a social security reform but quickly swelled into a national call to remove President Daniel Ortega. During the mass arrest, Montes Praslin was also detained for allegedly attacking a police station during the protest. The alleged charges against Montes Praslin were terrorism, aggravated robbery, illegal possession of weapons and disruption of public order.Nicaragua

According to prison authorities, while the International Red Cross was visiting the prison, Montes Praslin and other inmates jumped on prison staff and tried to take weapons away from them. The guard acted in self-defense. However, according to relatives of the prisoners, several patrols of riot troops entered the prison and gunshots were heard. It isn’t clear what actually happened in the La Modelo prison.Nicaragua

The U.S. embassy in Nicaragua condemned the use of lethal force against American citizen Eddy Montes, a political prisoner detained in La Modelo Prison. The officials said, “The circumstances of this tragic incident should be fully investigated.”Nicaragua


Inter-American Commission on Human Rights stated that protests against President Daniel Ortega began in April 2018 when President accused his opponents of attempting a coup, and security forces and armed civilian militias launched a crackdown in which at least 325 people were killed, more than 2,000 wounded, over 52,000 fled to exile and thousands were arrested and waiting for their trail in La Modelo prison.

Nicaragua law enforcement personnel are accused by human right activists of engaging in serious human right abuses, especially with La Modelo prisoners after testimony of freed prisoners and various pictures leaked on social media. Prisoners claimed that police made them play “Russian roulette”- where a revolver is loaded with one bullet and the cylinder spun at random before shooting, leaving the prisoner’s fate to chance. According to Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa, law enforcement officials are also accused of strangling prisoners, pouring acid on a prisoner’s limb, ‘typical abuses’ and nearly buried alive. Prisoners said these methods are used to gain crime-related intelligence or just for humor.

Nicaraguan Center for Human Right (CENIDH), a non-government organization, stated that around 600 allegations of police abuse during investigations, interrogations, and mass arrests, were filed in 2011 and 2012. According to security analysts, such uncivilized behavior has been opted by the several law enforcement agencies around Latin America and Eastern Asia in order to gain specific crime-related intelligence from the detainees. Example of another such incident, Shooting at maximum security prison in Guatemala 7 dead, 17 injured.

Death of Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin raise questions about the credibility of  Nicaraguan authorities and their approach to the truth behind his murder. Whether he was a victim of such an inhumane practice such as ‘Russian roulette’ or was it really a self-defense act. Whatever is the event, it highlights that Nicaraguan law enforcement agencies need to explore a non-intrusive method to interrogate prisoners and suspects. The Nicaraguan government is under relentless pressure from the US and local human right organization to intensively investigate this case using right means and identify the perpetrators behind Montes Praslin murder, control these inhumane methods to interrogate within the prisons and prevent such incidents in future.


Law enforcement and military abuses are one of the most chronic and widespread forms of human rights violations in Latin America today. The problems are well-known violence, corruption and a lack of respect for human rights. As discussed above, there is a dual challenge faced by Nicaraguan authorities at the present situation which can only be resolved by accepting a highly advanced, non-intrusive, and affordable security solution that not only helps their law enforcement agencies to interrogate prisoners with respect to human rights but also identify law enforcement personnel who crossed the line.

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Utilization of advanced, neuroscience-based technology like iCognative, which is one-of-a-kind in the security industry, may very well be an answer to the rising law enforcement and military abuse in Nicaragua and Latin America. iCognative is the best-suited technology for every law enforcement with such dual problems at hand namely gaining accurate crime-related intelligence and identify the police officers who promote such despicable activities. The existing conformist investigation tools cannot provide accurate results in such cases as they rely on emotions and bodily change responses from the suspect. Moreover, methods such as polygraph are managed by an interrogator and can be manipulated. However, iCognative is established on P300 science that has been extensively researched and accepted by the scientific community as only methods through which whether the information is present in a suspect’s brain or not can be guaranteed with over 99% accuracy without violating any human rights. As a universal truth, Brain activity is central to all human activities; it plans, executes and records information, not unlike a video camera. Therefore, iCognative support law enforcement agencies by providing an efficient and easy way to gain accurate information as it taps into the source of all criminal activities and the source cannot be manipulated either by suspect or investigator.

In the case of Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin murder, Nicaraguan law enforcement agencies can deploy iCognative with a guaranteed assurance that the truth behind the murder can be revealed within days of the investigation regardless whether prison staff or prisoners are willingly concealing substantial evidence and testimonies. iCognative is the modern and valuable intelligence gathering tool to provide accurate intelligence in over 85% of civil and criminal cases.  A 45-minute iCognative test is what needed by Nicaraguan law enforcement personnel, in this case, to identify the truth behind the Montes Praslin murder, verify the testimonies of prison staff or prisoners and prosecute the perpetrator for the crime. The iCognative test can further reveal information such as did Montes Praslin suffered any inhumane torture in order to gain specific information, what really happened to Montes Praslin, did he had any enemy within prison staff, identify the perpetrator or accomplice involved in the crime, Identification of prisoners who faced inhumane torture in past and law enforcement personnel who crossed line, etc., would be available to Nicaraguan law enforcement agencies to investigate Montes Praslin murder mystery, identify the bad apples within the prisons and protect prisoners from future suffering. It would take months for a normal interrogation process to reveal such information. However, iCognative can guarantee to provide the above results with 99% accuracy within days of investigation.

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