Bolivia, prison, trial, conviction, former ministers, de facto government, Álvaro Coímbra, Rodrigo Guzmán

Former ministers of the de facto government in Bolivia convicted

La Paz, Dec. 6.- Former ministers of the de facto government (2019-2020) Álvaro Coímbra and Rodrigo Guzmán were sentenced to two years in prison in an abbreviated trial, after pleading guilty in the Coup d'état I case.

This process investigates the plot that led in 2019 to the resignation of former constitutional president Evo Morales and the imposition of the Jeanine Áñez regime.

Two days later, Áñez and her cabinet signed Supreme Decree 4078 (known as Death Decree), which exempted the military and police from criminal liability for the repression against those who demanded to restore democratic order.

In this context, massacres occurred such as those in Sacaba (Cochabamba), Senkata (El Alto) and Pedregal (La Paz), leaving 37 dead, thousands injured, tortured and illegally detained.

The First Anti-Corruption Investigative Judge decides to approve an alternative solution consisting of the abbreviated procedure in favor of Álvaro Eduardo Coímbra and Rodrigo Guzmán, establishes the sentence handed down in an oral trial hearing.

Adds the verdict that is ordered in the name of the Plurinational State and imposes a custodial sentence of two years.

The two close collaborators of the former de facto ruler, preventively imprisoned in the San Pedro prison, in La Paz, acknowledged their guilt for the commission of the crimes of criminal association and cover-up in the file activated by a complaint from the former Movement deputy to the Socialism Lidia Patty.

Both people close to the former de facto president pleaded guilty for committing the crimes of criminal association.

In the virtual hearing, from the San Pedro prison, the defendants admitted committing the crimes for which they were convicted.

Coímbra and Guzmán, former heads of Justice and Energy, respectively, were arrested in March 2021, investigated for terrorism and other crimes.

We admit the commission of the crime of concealment (art. 171) in relation to the crime of criminal association (art. 132), typified in the Penal Code, renouncing the public and adversarial oral trial, expresses the substantial part of the memorial presented by both to the Ministry Public.

At the same time, they requested the minimum sentence as a sanction, according to the text addressed to prosecutor Omar Mejillones.

Also charged in this case, the former de facto ruler is already serving a 10-year sentence in the Miraflores prison in La Paz, after being convicted in the Coup d'État II file, referring to the illegal way she used to occupy the presidency of the Senate and later that of the State.

Others imprisoned, preventively charged in Coup d'état I, are the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, and the former head of the Potosí Civic Committee, Marco Pumari. (PL) (Photo: Taken from the Internet)

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