First modification: 08/22/2021 – 03:36
The Bolivian government reported this Saturday that former interim president Jeanine Áñez, who remains in prison, injured her arm, but is in good health. After the incident, the European Union asked to ensure Áñez’s health, while former presidents of the country asked that he be able to defend himself in freedom from the accusations of alleged terrorism and sedition, related to the political crisis of 2019.
The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, injured herself in prison, amid requests from former presidents and the European Union so that she can defend herself in freedom from the charges she faces.
The Minister of the Interior, Eduardo del Castillo, confirmed this Saturday that during the early morning Añez injured one of his arms, but pointed out that he is in good health.
“Mrs. Jeanine Áñez would have tried to generate self-harm (…) We report that her health is stable and that she has some small scratches on one of her arms and there is nothing to worry about,” del Castillo said.
However, the police classified what happened as an attempt by Áñez to take his own life. “What happened is within the definition of a suicide attempt,” Douglas Uzquiano, head of the special unit against crime (FELCC) of the Bolivian Police, told local television.
Áñez was briefly transferred to a hospital. This is the third time in two weeks that the former transitional ruler has been taken from prison to a medical center.
The 54-year-old former president, who has been in prison since last March, suffers from depression and hypertension, according to prison authorities. Given her health situation, Áñez’s family has unsuccessfully requested that she be treated in a hospital.
“The doctor entered and found her with the cuts. She has three cuts on her left wrist, they have sutured it (…) This is a cry for help from the former president. She feels very harassed,” said Áñez’s lawyer, Norka Cuellar .
Former Bolivian presidents ask for freedom for Jenaine Áñez
The former interim president of Bolivia has been in prison for five months, accused of the alleged crimes of terrorism and sedition due to the political crisis of 2019, in which the then head of state, Evo Morales, was forced by the Army and the opposition to leaving office and country. He is in jail while awaiting trial.
The former president is accused of allegedly participating in a coup to overthrow Morales, accusations that she rejects. He asserts that he is the victim of political persecution, under the government of the current president, Luis Arce, the political dolphin of the former leftist president.
#LATEST Carlos Mesa, Jorge Quiroga and Jaime Paz Zamora ask that former president Jeanine Áñez be able to defend herself in freedom due to her delicate state of health. They question that Áñez continues to be detained in a La Paz prison for an “invented” case pic.twitter.com/6j9B51N7ph
– THE DUTY (@grupoeldeber) August 21, 2021
This Saturday, after knowing the information about the injuries that were caused, the former presidents of the country Jaime Paz Zamora, Jorge Quiroga and Carlos Mesa issued a joint statement in which they advocated reviewing Áñez’s legal situation and that “he defend himself in freedom.” .
Mesa, also the leader of the Citizen Community (CC), the main opposition force in Bolivia, also suggested that the government’s explanations about the ex-president’s state of health “are not serious or credible,” for which he asked that the Assembly Human Rights Council and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) can “verify their situation.”
For its part, the delegation of the European Union (EU) in Bolivia expressed its concern and asked that the Bolivian authorities guarantee the well-being of the arrested leader.
“The EU in Bolivia listens with concern to the news about former President Jeanine Áñez. We hope that the responsible authorities will do everything to guarantee her right to comprehensive health, both physical and mental,” the Brussels representation published in a message posted on its account. from Twitter.
Áñez’s self-harm occurred after the Prosecutor’s Office presented an accusatory request to initiate a trial against him for alleged genocide, for the deaths registered during the social and political crisis registered two years ago.
With Reuters, AP and EFE