At 8 a.m. on July 4, 1986, a Nicaraguan State Security vehicle drove up to the residence of Bishop Pablo Antonio Vega in the city of Juigalpa, a regional capital and see of the Diocese of Juigalpa and Rio Sanjuan. The officers instructed Vega, the 56-year-old vice president of the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference, to accompany them. They then drove 80 miles west to Managua where the bishop was transferred to a waiting helicopter and flown to the Honduran border. At 10:30 a.m. he was turned over to Honduran authorities at La Fraternidad. In a press release issued that morning beneath the title "Vega does not deserve to be Nicaraguan," the office of President Daniel Ortega Saavedra announced the bishop's indefinite expulsion for his "oft-repeated antipatriotic attitude," adding that "in Honduras he will have the opportunity to be closer to 'his brothers,' who are likewise Reagan's brothers: the criminal somocista forces."
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