Ortega Seeks Advice from Baltasar Garzón on Anti-Narcotics Fight

By Dialogo
September 04, 2012

On August 30, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega met with former Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, who is visiting the country, and asked him for advice on improving the judicial approach in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.

The president valued Garzón’s advice to improve and develop the working mechanisms of the judicial system in order to address this very important problem in the country.

“We know the fragility” of the entities involved in finding a solution to these crimes “in the face of threats, in the face of extortion, in the face of blackmail, drug trafficking deals and organized crime,” said Ortega.

The former Spanish judge emphasized having a joint strategy and institutional coordination as essential in combating drug trafficking.

“This is the way; interagency cooperation is essential, as well as creating increasingly clear broad legal arenas at the regional level to facilitate the complexity of the actions by different countries,” he said.