The Minister of Government, Eduardo Castillo, has confirmed the arrest of the interim president of the country, Jeanine Áñez, as part of the ‘Coup d’état’ case, which is investigating the origin of the violence that arose after the 2019 presidential elections. , in which former President Evo Morales was accused by the opposition of electoral fraud.
“I inform the Bolivian people that Mrs. Jeanine Añez has already been apprehended and is currently in the hands of the Police,” wrote the Minister of Government, Eduardo del Castillo, on his Twitter account. “I want to congratulate the great work of our General Command of the Bolivian Police, of the National Intelligence Directorate in this great and historic task of giving justice to the Bolivian people,” he added.
Áñez has been apprehended at dawn this Saturday after an arrest warrant was issued that led the Police to surround her home on Friday and then search her, although they did not find her at home. At the moment, no more information about the arrest has emerged, reports ‘El Deber’, although it is presumed that it will be sent to La Paz, where it will arrive early on Saturday.
«I denounce to Bolivia and the world that in an act of abuse and political persecution the MAS government has ordered me to arrest. He accuses me of having participated in a coup that never happened. My prayers for Bolivia and for all Bolivians, ”Áñez posted on his Twitter profile minutes after the minister announced his arrest through the same social network.
The former interim president of Bolivia is accused of the crimes of sedition, terrorism and conspiracy. «The political persecution has begun. The Movement to Socialism (MAS) has decided to return to the styles of the dictatorship. A shame because Bolivia does not need dictators, it needs freedom and solutions, “Añez denounced after learning that the Prosecutor’s Office had issued an order for his arrest.
The Minister of Justice, Iván Lima Magne, pointed out that the complaint that opened the investigation that led to the arrest, “has been filed against former senator Jeanine Áñez, not against the former president,” so “it is not protected by a trial of responsibilities ”.
Bolivian authorities arrested former Minister of Energies Rodrigo Guzmán on Friday in Trinidad, in the north of the country, who “they intercepted in the middle of the street, three guys who did not even identify themselves, took him to a mobility and took him away,” according to related his wife, Dalia Lima.
Among those accused by the Prosecutor’s Office are also the former ministers of Justice, Álvaro Coimbra -already detained-; of Government and right hand of Áñez, Arturo Murillo – fled in the United States-; of the Presidency, Yerko Núñez; and Defense, Luis Fernando López.
All of them have been accused of crimes of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy, for their possible participation during the violent riots between September 1, 2019 and December 31 of that same year, including the massacres of Sacaba and Senkata, and that led to Morales’ resignation from his victory and his departure from the country heading first to Mexico and then to Argentina.
The arrest warrant also requests the arrest of Admiral Palmiro Jarjuri, former commander of the Navy, Jorge Gonzalo Terceros, who held the same position in the Air Force, as well as General Gonzalo Mendieta.
Preventive prison for Flavio Gustavo Arce
Likewise, among the military accused by the Prosecutor’s Office are also the Air Division General Jorge Elmer Fernández and the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Flavio Gustavo Arce San Martín, who was arrested on Wednesday.
Precisely, this Friday the Prosecutor’s Office presented accusations of sedition, conspiracy and terrorism against Flavio Arce in a precautionary hearing in which the Justice issued preventive detention for the ex-military in the San Pedro de La Paz prison, according to the aforementioned Bolivian media.
Added to all of this are the arrest warrants issued already on Thursday by the Prosecutor’s Office against the former commander of the Bolivian Police Vladimir Yuri Calderón and the former head of the Armed Forces Williams Kaliman.
Specifically, the Prosecutor’s Office has identified 13 former authorities of the previous Government in the framework of this investigation.
The ‘Coup d’état’ case is part of an investigation after the complaint by former MAS deputy Lidia Patty, who accused Luis Fernando Camacho, governor of Santa Cruz and candidate in the presidential elections last year in which Luis Arce emerged victorious. to instigate, together with his father and various military and police commanders, the riots and the departure of Morales.
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