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Nicaragua Moves Toward Allowing Life Prison Sentences

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

Nicaraguas National Assembly took a first vote Tuesday to approve a constitutional reform that would allow sentences of life in prison for some crimes.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua: Nicaraguas National Assembly took a first vote Tuesday to approve a constitutional reform that would allow sentences of life in prison for some crimes.

The law now limits sentences to 30 years. But the proposal would allow life sentences for serious crimes that include elements of hate, could be considered cruel, degrading and humiliating, and cause commotion, rejection, indignation, repulsion in the national community.

The change has raised concern among opposition groups because President Daniel Ortega has used such language to describe actions by his rivals.

The measure was passed with 70 votes in favor from the ruling Sandinista Front and 15 against from opposition politicians. There were three abstentions.

As a constitutional reform, it will require a second vote, likely to be held in January.

Sandinista lawmaker Carlos Emilio Lpez said life sentences would help protect women, children and the elderly from those seeking to commit horrendous crimes against them.

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