Two human rights lawyers say they were refused entry to Nicaragua, where they have worked with groups fighting construction of an interoceanic canal.
Luis Carlos Buob, a Peruvian-Swiss citizen, says he and a Spanish colleague were deported Friday after landing at Managua’s airport.
Buob says authorities accused him of drug-trafficking and forced the two to leave on a flight to Costa Rica. He called the accusation “totally false.”
“If they suspected drug-trafficking they would not deport me, they would arrest me,” Buob told The Associated Press.
Buob represented the Center for Justice and International Law in hearings held in March before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in Washington, where Nicaraguan groups denounced the forced appropriation of land for the canal.
Nicaraguan officials did not respond to requests for comment.