Honduran Police announced Sunday that Nicaragua pardoned and returned 21 prisoners, together with the chief of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) felony group David Elias Campbell Licona, also referred to as “El Viejo Dan.” Nicaragua additionally acknowledged on Saturday that they intend to return prisoners to Costa Rica.
Upon their return, Honduran officers acquired prisoners on the Border Management Level, Las Manos. Included among the many officers that welcomed the prisoners again to Honduras had been officers from the Police Directorate towards Maras and Gangs Towards Organized Crime (DIPAMPCO), Nationwide Directorate of Prevention and Group Safety (DNPSC), and intelligence brokers who had diligently coordinated their return.
One of many high-profile prisoners, Campbell Licona, was apprehended in June 2021 in Nicaragua on fees of drug trafficking, following a purple alert issued by INTERPOL. Campbell Licona additionally had an excellent arrest warrant for illicit affiliation courting again to February 22, 2016. One other prisoner, José Augusto Chirinos Salinas had an lively arrest warrant for cash laundering, issued by a Courtroom of First Occasion in Tela, Atlántida in Honduras.
This most up-to-date return of prisoners follows an analogous transit on October 18, wherein Nicaragua returned 43 prisoners to Honduras. Nicaragua has not acknowledged why it selected to return these prisoners.