Nicaragua Charges Local Owner of Miss Universe Franchise With Treason, Organized Crime

Dec. 2, 2023 6:31 pm ET

MEXICO CITY—Nicaragua’s authorities charged the proprietor of the native Miss Universe franchise with treason, organized crime and inciting hatred as a part of a plot to overthrow President Daniel Ortega’s regime two weeks after the nation’s first victory within the pageant.

Nicaraguan police accused the competition’s native organizer, Karen Celebertti, a previous magnificence queen and proprietor of a modeling company, her husband and son of rigging contests in order that antigovernment winners would emerge on the pageants.

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