U.S. nurse reemerges, denies she aids rebels
MANAGUA -- (AP) -- Denying she treats leftist rebels in Nicaragua,
a U.S. nurse
left her hiding place of two months Thursday following the suspension of a
deportation order against her.
Dorothy Granada said she planned to return to her rural clinic
Tuesday, and she
believed the government wouldn't stop her.
"I am confident that they will let me work in Nicaragua because
my job is for the
poor,'' Granada told reporters. "The people that we care for at the clinic are
liberals, Sandinistas, conservatives. We don't make distinctions. We only see
who needs to be seen.''
The government ordered Granada expelled in December, accusing
nurse of treating members of the Andrés Castro United Front, a leftist paramilitary group
of ex-Sandinista soldiers, and performing abortions, which are illegal here.
Granada said she plans to return to her rural clinic.
Numerous human rights groups opposed the deportation order, and
a group of
U.S. congressmen sent a letter dated Feb. 2 asking the government to reverse its
decision. On Tuesday, a Nicaraguan court suspended the order while a higher
court rules on Granada's appeal of the decision.
On Thursday, Granada said police investigated her and never found
proof that she
performed abortions. She also said that the last time she cared for members of
the Andrés Castro United Front was in 1997, at the request of the Red Cross.
Granada, who is from California, arrived in Nicaragua in 1990
and established a
clinic in Mulukukú village, 150 miles northeast of Managua. The village had served
as a training center for Sandinista soldiers.