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Riverdale Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Says His Father Went Missing in Nicaragua

Riverdale Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Says His Father Went Missing in Nicaragua

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is looking for information about the whereabouts of his dad.

The Riverdale showrunner revealed that his father, Francisco, has been missing Nicaragua for more than 10 days.

Click inside to read more about the situation…

“Ten days ago, my father, Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa, who lives in Nicaragua with my mom, where they were both born, was arrested by the military police and ‘disappeared,’” Roberto shared in an eye-opening Instagram post.

He added that his “mom’s okay, but we haven’t seen or heard from my dad since that terrible day. We believe he’s in a prison in Managua, but the truth is…we don’t know.”

“What we do know is that my father was arrested because, as a journalist, he has been an outspoken critic of Nicaragua’s current political regime—President Ortega’s dictatorship. My father wants Nicaragua to be a free, democratic country. He’s dedicated his life to the betterment of his homeland and its citizens,” Roberto wrote. “It’s gotten him into trouble before, but never as dire as this. We fear the worst.”

“There are more than thirty other political prisoners; and unlawful arrests continue to be made. Men, women, students, and politicians who have spoken against Nicaragua’s dictatorship and its terror tactics. Like the families of the other disappeared, we’re figuring out what we can do, how we can help,” Roberto wrote.

“We just want him home safe,” he added of his father.

In an extended interview with Deadline, Roberto and his sister, Georgiana, revealed more details about Francisco‘s abduction.

“About 10 days ago, I was flying back to Los Angeles from the East Coast where I was scouting locations for Pretty Little Liars when I got an emergency call from my sister Georgiana. She told me our father had been arrested or kidnapped, as he and our mom were driving to Costa Rica to board a flight to Washington, D.C., where my father was to have surgery,” Roberto shared.

Georgiana added that their father’s passport was taken away at the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

“Around 15-20 minutes after his passport was taken, a statement was released saying our father was under investigation for treason and for being an enemy of the state,” she said. “He was supposed to return to his house where they’d follow up with him and see how to move forward in a case against him. But they didn’t.”

“We believe he is being kept as a political prisoner with an estimated 30 other people who have been detained similarly in past months in the lead-up to Nicaragua’s election in November,” Roberto added.

The Aguirre-Sacasa family has set up a petition through their Justice for Francisco campaign demanding the release of the prisoners taken captive.

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