Nicaragua pleads with US to call off execution

The Nicaraguan ambassador to the Organization of American States, Denis Moncada, pictured on November 12, 2010, called on the US to cancel the execution in Texas of Bernardo TerceroNicaraguan officials and activists called on the United States Monday to cancel the execution in Texas later this week of Bernardo Tercero, the only Nicaraguan national on death row in the US. Tercero is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday for killing high school English teacher Robert Berger while robbing a Houston dry cleaning business in 1997. The impending execution has sparked protests in Nicaragua, which abolished capital punishment in 1979, when the leftist Sandinista rebels came to power.

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