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Cablegate: Nicaragua: Post Requests Visa Eligibility Be Restored For

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2007 06:49 PM
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OO RUEHWEB
DE RUEHMU #2490 3271849
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 231849Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1694
INFO RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS MANAGUA 002490
SIPDIS
STATE FOR EEB/IFD/OIA, WHA/CEN AND L
STATE PASS USTR
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED
SIPDIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EINV ECON USTR KIDE NU
SUBJECT: NICARAGUA: POST REQUESTS VISA ELIGIBILITY BE RESTORED FOR
MARISOL MARIA CASTILLO BELLIDO
REF: A. 00 MANAGUA 1743; B. 99 MANAGUA 3378
1. (U) This is an action request - please see paragraph five.
2. (SBU) Summary: Marisol Maria Castillo Bellido has requested that
her nonimmigrant visa eligibility be restored as soon as possible to
visit her mother who will shortly undergo brain surgery in Miami.
Post has information that she resolved her property claims dispute
with American citizen Ulises Carrillo on January 23, 2003. Based on
this evidence, Post requests that the Department determine whether
Section 2225 of the 1998 Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring
Act still applies to Mrs. Castillo Bellido. End Summary.
3. (SBU) On November 22, Marisol Maria Castillo Bellido, a
high-ranking official of the National Electoral Commission who has
ties to the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), contacted
Embassy staff to request that her nonimmigrant visa (NIV)
eligibility be restored as soon as possible to visit her mother who
will shortly undergo brain surgery in Miami. On April 12, 2002,
Castillo Bellido and her husband, FSLN heavyweight Lenin Cerna, were
deemed ineligible for an NIV under Section 2225 of the 1998 Foreign
Relations Reform and Reconstruction Act. Castillo Bellido and Cerna
used their positions within the FSLN to personally benefit from
property that was confiscated from U.S. citizen Ulises Carrillo in
1979.
4. (SBU) On December 6, 2002, Mr. Carrillo settled his property
claim dispute with Castillo Bellido by accepting indemnification
bonds issued by the Government of Nicaragua (GON) worth an estimated
$120,766.00. On January 23, 2003, the Embassy received a copy of
the settlement document from the GON.
5. (SBU) Action Request: Based on the information above, Post finds
sufficient evidence that the property claim dispute between Marisol
Maria Castillo Bellido and Ulises Carrillo has been resolved. Thus,
the Department may wish to consider removing her visa ineligibility
under Section 2225. If the Department concurs, we request that it
promptly take the necessary steps to restore Ms. Castillo Bellido's
eligibility to travel to the United States and to remove her name
from the visa lookout system under this category.
TRIVELLI
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