Interpol rejects arrest warrant for Evo Morales for the second time

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Interpol rejected an arrest warrant for the former president Evo Morales considering that the crimes of sedition and terrorism of which he is accused have a political connotation, the Bolivian Prosecutor’s Office reported this Thursday.

The Attorney General of the Bolivian State had asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) a red stamp, an order to arrest Morales, who is in Argentina.

The Bolivian attorney general, Juan Lanchipa, explained to the media in La Paz that the request was made within the investigations of a complaint for alleged crimes of sedition and terrorism against the former Bolivian president.

Political overtones

Interpol reported that the crime of sedition would have a political component, which, according to its regulations, prevents this request from being made, said the attorney general.

The complaint was filed by the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior (Interior) in November 2019, shortly after assuming power on an interim basis. Jeanine Áñez, when Evo Morales was then in Mexico, where he was before leaving for Argentina.

Tests

The accusation is based on a video in which Morales’s voice is attributed to allegedly incite blockades of cities in Bolivia, which organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) have considered insufficient evidence for the seriousness of these crimes.

“Interpol interprets that this crime is considered political order and in the response they let us know that they are not going to be able to carry out compliance, as long as the classification is not lifted “due to sedition, Lanchipa said.

Second rejection

This was the second time that the Prosecutor’s Office had processed before Interpol the issuance of a red notice, after the entity rejected a first request.

At that time, Interpol’s reply was “very brief” and “did not indicate the reason for this rejection”, so the Public Ministry requested a clarification about itLanchipa said in January.

This complaint is one of those filed by the transitory Executive of Áñez against Morales, who since last December has been in Argentina, where he requested refuge.

Fear for his life

Morales left Bolivia after announcing his resignation from the country’s Presidency on November 10 denouncing an alleged coup to overthrow him.

The Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for some of these complaints, so that the ex-president may appear in proceedings against him in Bolivia, but his lawyers observe that there are no constitutional guarantees for his return and even they fear for their life.

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