The interim Government of Bolivia went to the Prosecutor’s Office with a new complaint against the former president Evo Morales, for accusations such as “murders and torture”.
The interim Minister of Government (Interior), Arturo Murillo, repeated the expression “Crimes against humanity” when presenting the complaint in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz against Morales and several of his former ministers.
Pursuit of opponents
Murillo cited among the defendants former vice president Álvaro García Linera, his brother Raúl, former ministers Juan Ramón Quintana, Héctor Arce, Wilfredo Chávez, Alfredo Rada and Nardi Suxo, and the former commander of the Bolivian Police Víctor Hugo Escobar, among others.
The complaint is related to what is known in the country as “terrorism case II & rdquor ;, which the transitory Executive considers that it was orchestrated by the Morales government to chase opponentsTherefore, the Bolivian state has withdrawn from this decade-long process.
Arturo Murillo told the media that with this withdrawal “a black chapter in the political history of Bolivia” is closed, in which it was tried “to bring a people to their knees carrying out political persecution killing people“with” dozens of incarcerated “and other defendants who fled the country.
But with this complaint, he claims that those he described as a group of criminals, in which he included prosecutors and police and to whom he attributed “a series of murders”, without giving details, for having, in his opinion, set up that process.
The interim government of Jeanine Áñez has been filing complaints against Evo Morales since he temporarily assumed power last November, for accusations such as genocide, terrorism and sedition, for which the Prosecutor’s Office issued several orders for the former president to appear, who is in Argentina, where he requested refuge .
In addition to having denounced him for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The ex-president has assured that he will return to Bolivia if his party, the Movement Toward Socialism, wins the October elections, while his lawyers have warned that he has not done so until now, fearing that he will be prosecuted without constitutional guarantees and that his life is even at risk.
He “Terrorism case II & rdquor; investigates an alleged financing of terrorists due to what happened in 2009 in a hotel in Santa Cruz, the largest city in Bolivia, where three of the five members of an alleged terrorist cell died in a security force operation and two were arrested, which according to The government at that time had separatist aims in the eastern part of the country and tried to attack Evo Morales.
The case against around fourteen defendants, among them exaturorities and relevant businessmen from the Santa Cruz region, was reactivated in 2018 with an attempt to initiate a trial for accusations such as criminal organization and armed uprising.