US places top Nicaragua officials on sanctions blacklist

Nicaragua's military chief and finance minister were placed on the US sanctions blacklist Friday as Washington stepped up pressure on…

Nicaragua’s military chief and finance minister were placed on the US sanctions blacklist Friday as Washington stepped up pressure on the regime of President Daniel Ortega.

The US Treasury said it would block any property of Julio Cesar Aviles, commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Army, and Ivan Adolfo Acosta, minister of finance and public credit, in US jurisdictions, and ban Americans and US companies, including banks with US offices, from doing business with them.