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The World : Sandinista Killings Told

A Nicaraguan defector charged that Sandinista authorities secretly eliminated thousands of suspected opponents through “individual and mass executions.” Alvaro J. Baldizon Aviles, 26, who defected in July, said at a press conference at the State Department that he knew of the killings as a member of an investigations commission of the Ministry of Interior, the agency controlling security forces. A Nicaraguan Embassy spokesman said Baldizon’s comments were “one more desperate maneuver by the (Reagan) Administration to distract attention” from Nicaragua’s case against the United States in the World Court.


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