Among those expelled are prominent opposition figures such as Félix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastián Chamorro.
“The Ortega regime continues to carry out undemocratic actions against the most prominent opposition figures in Nicaragua, including through its judicial system,” Brian Nelson, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in the statement.
The United States blamed Judge Octavio Rothschuh, of the First Court of Criminal Appeals of Managua; Judge Ernesto Rodríguez, of the Managua Court of Appeals, and Judge Nadia Tardencilla, of the Second District Court of Managua, all of them sanctioned by the Treasury Department.
As a result of this Wednesday’s action, all the properties in the United States of those sanctioned are blocked and economic and commercial transactions with them are prohibited.
“We will continue to use the diplomatic and economic tools at our disposal to ensure accountability for the abuses of the Ortega-Murillo regime,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned in the statement.
The leader of US diplomacy also demanded from the Ortega government the “immediate and unconditional release” of Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who refused to be exiled from his country last February.
With information from EFE and Reuters