Bolivia

Next week the judgment oral against former president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, in which it is analyze her self-proclamation as president in 2019, announced the Minister of Government, Eduardo del Castillo. In addition, ten former members of the Bolivian Armed Forces and Police will be prosecuted, accused of breach of duties and violating the Constitution.

«Based on the investigations carried out […] We inform public opinion that Mrs. Jeanine Añez “, as well as former high ranking military and Police commanders,” will enter the oral trial stage in the case ‘Caso Golpe II’ for having acted against the Constitution “in November of 2019, Del Castillo said on his Facebook profile, Telam reported.

The minister also noted that “in simple terms” what the former senator did was to proclaim herself in the presence of the media and diplomatic representatives, “without complying with the formalities established in the Constitution and the law.”

This case is what the press calls Coup d’état II, because Coup d’état I is the one that investigates the involvement of these same defendants and other suspects in crimes of sedition, conspiracy and terrorism, during the political crisis of November 2019 that caused the exit of power – and later the exile – of the former president Evo Morales from the country.

Áñez has been in preventive detention since March 15, 2021, and since she entered the Miraflores prison, she and her family reported abuse, neglect of her health and even a suicide attempt. In October 2021, Áñez’s defense suffered a setback when the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) It rejected a request for precautionary measures because it considered that the Bolivian State was ensuring the health of the detainee.

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