Nicaraguan police announced Saturday the dishonorable discharge of three officers accused of raping a mentally retarded 12-year-old girl.

Police spokesman Fernando Borge told reporters that the dismissed cops had been guarding the premises of the general secretariat of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, which the nation's President Daniel Ortega occupies as the seat of government.

According to Borge, the three agents, who had only belonged to the National Police for "a short time," were dishonorably discharged "immediately" because that institution cannot accept "such behavior."

The girl's father reported the incident, which occurred 20 days ago, to the National Police and to defenders of human rights organizations, which, together with the Network of Women against Violence, have condemned that act.

The case has gone to the Nicaraguan Attorney General's Office, which will indict the three former police agents for the crime of rape, for which they could be sentenced to between 12-15 years in jail. EFE