Sorry, Sandinistas, Your Lease Is Up

Sorry, Sandinistas, Your Lease Is Up

Duilio Baltodano, Nicaragua's Attorney General, faces the daunting task of trying to return to the original owners millions of dollars' worth of property confiscated by the Sandinistas. Baltodano has logged more than 6,000 restitution claims, but one particular petition has caught his attention: a large house occupied since 1979 by former Sandinista President Daniel Ortega. The motion to evict Ortega will probably be decided in June, and Baltodano seems confident of success. There's just one catch. If the former President refuses to move, the task of evicting him ultimately falls to the army. And Ortega's brother Humberto still runs it.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!