SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A member of the Nicaraguan opposition was shot seven occasions and in severe situation in Costa Rica, authorities in that nation mentioned Thursday.
Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation division mentioned that 34-year-old Joao Maldonado was shot Wednesday by two attackers aboard a bike whereas he was driving together with his associate close to Costa Rica College on the east aspect of the capital.
Authorities mentioned the assault was nonetheless beneath investigation and declined to touch upon any potential motive. They mentioned bullet fragments recovered from the car have been despatched for forensic evaluation.
An individual near Maldonado who requested anonymity for causes of private security, mentioned that Maldonado and his associate, who can also be Nicaraguan, remained hospitalized Thursday.
It was a minimum of the second try on Maldonado’s life. The earlier one, additionally in Costa Rica, got here in 2021, simply months after his father, Tomás Maldonado, a retired navy officer, died in a Nicaraguan jail.
Joao Maldonado has been in Costa Rica since 2018, the 12 months Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega violently put down huge road protests towards his authorities. Tons of of 1000’s of Nicaraguans have fled the nation since, lots of them to neighboring Costa Rica.
The particular person near Maldonado mentioned that he had studied pc science, that he was an opponent of the Ortega authorities and has been persecuted by it.
Maldonado had asylum in Costa Rica and had had police safety for the reason that earlier assault. It was not clear if that safety was current at Wednesday’s assault, however authorities didn’t report any alternate of gunfire.
Maldonado had not too long ago been moved to a brand new secure home, the particular person near him mentioned.