A former Nicaraguan presidential hopeful and her brother have been found guilty of several financial crimes.
Cristiana Chamorro - who was ahead of current President Daniel Ortega in the polls when she was arrested in June 2021 - and her brother, former politician Pedro Joaquin Chamorro Barrios, had been outspoken critics of Ortega's administration.
Their arrests have been denounced as politically motivated by the United States and international human rights groups.
The two are children of former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, who beat Ortega in the 1990 elections to end his first term.
Ortega took office again in 2007 and won re-election a fourth consecutive time last year after many of his opponents were jailed.
Cristiana Chamorro was convicted of laundering money through a free speech organisation she ran, which was dissolved early last year after laws restricting non-profit operations in the country were passed.
Prosecutors said she had received money from abroad through the organisation "to destabilise the government".
She and her brother were also convicted of abusive management and misappropriation and retention of funds.
Prosecutors are seeking a 13-year sentence for Chamorro, which she will be able to serve under house arrest.
Her brother could receive up to seven years in prison, while three former foundation employees were also convicted.
Lawyers for Chamorro and her brother had denied the charges.
"My siblings Pedro Joaquin and Cristiana Chamorro proclaimed their innocence in the few minutes they had to speak," their brother Carlos Chamorro said in a tweet after Friday's conviction.
Cristiana Chamorro was arrested the same week as seven other potential political rivals.
A total of 46 opponents to leftist Ortega, a former guerilla commander, were jailed during last year's elections.
Earlier this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Ortega to re-establish a "credible, fair and transparent electoral process" ahead of municipal elections in the Central American country later this year.
Australian Associated Press
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