Nicaragua high court overturned conviction of ex-president

On January 16, 2009, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua overturned the corruption conviction of the country's former president Arnoldo Aleman. He had been convicted of money laundering and embezzlement in 2009 after being accused of taking up to $100 million from the Nicaraguan government. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but served only four, with much of that time spent under house arrest. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Aleman's conviction was believed to be a part of the ongoing power struggle in Nicaragua between Aleman's right-wing Liberal Constitutional Party and the Sadinista government of Nciaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Earlier, in August 2005, the Supreme Court had relaxed Aleman's prison sentence, which allowed him to leave his home and travel around the Nicaraguan capital of Managua based on his health needs.

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