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The former president of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez, sentenced to 10 years in prison for her seizure of power in 2019

The temporary former president of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez was sentenced this Friday to 10 years in prison for the events of 2019 that occurred between November 10, the day on which Evo Morales resigned from the Presidency of the country, and November 12, when the then senator temporarily assumed power.

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At 9:30 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT), the First Sentencing Court of La Paz virtually announced the sentence against Áñez for the crimes of breach of duties and resolutions contrary to the Constitution and indicated that the full text of the resolution will be given to meet at a hearing on June 15.

The trial for the “coup d’état II” case discussed Áñez’s actions when she was second vice president of the Senate and assumed the presidency in 2019 in an allegedly irregular manner, according to the government of Luis Arce and the ruling party, Movimiento al Socialismo (Movement to Socialism). MAS), after the resignations of Evo Morales and the entire line of presidential succession.

Carolina Ribera, daughter of Áñez, told Efe that this “trial has been rude” and that at the time of the announcement of the sentence, the former interim president was without any of the lawyers, who, like all parties, heard the determination via virtual. Alain de Canedo, one of Áñez’s lawyers, also told Efe that since the judge’s announcement was made at night, at “that time entry into the jail is restricted.”

In her last statement this Friday morning, Áñez stated that “what political power is doing to me is taking revenge.” “I have been denied the right to even be present at my own trial, if that is what this drill can be called. They have denied me everything and treated me worse than anyone, but I was, I am and I will be the Constitutional President who assumed her duty after the coward’s flight”, she denounced.

He also said that he did not have the “ambition” to assume the Presidency and that he only fulfilled his duty and that, in his opinion, the “only ambitious” was former President Evo Morales “who did not respect the Constitution” since 2016 when he paid attention ignored the results of a referendum that denied him a fourth consecutive term.

Áñez had to face the entire trial virtually from jail, because according to the authorities it was a preventive measure due to the pandemic and then argued that there was a “flight risk”, despite the insistent requests of her defense so that she could attend personally. to the audiences.

The temporary former president must serve her sentence in the Miraflores prison, where she has been held preventively for more than a year.

Appeals to the ruling

The defense of the former president as well as the Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Government and the State Attorney’s Office have already confirmed that they will appeal the ruling. The Prosecutor’s Office requested 15 years of imprisonment for the former interim president, arguing that she “illegally” assumed the Presidency “in violation of the Senate regulations” and “installing” sessions in Parliament without the official majority of the Movement to Socialism (MAS). While the defense attorney De Canedo confirmed to Efe that they will “appeal” the determination after the full text of the sentence is known.

The Court also announced a sentence of 10 years in prison against the former commander of the Armed Forces Williams Kaliman, and the former commander of the Police Yuri Calderon, whose whereabouts are unknown, and, in addition, four other former members of the forces were sentenced to sentences of between four and two years.

On the morning of this Friday, the judges of the court went to the prison to take Áñez’s last statement and then did the same in the prison where two former military chiefs are located, later retiring to deliberate.

While the judges were deliberating, several people stood outside the court shouting slogans such as “jail for Áñez” and carrying signs with messages of “Áñez murderess” and “30 years in jail for Áñez”.

In principle, the Justice opened a case for the crimes of sedition, terrorism and conspiracy due to the 2019 post-election crisis that led to the resignation of then-president Evo Morales, which for the ruling party was a “coup d’état”. From that case the “coup d’état II” process was derived, for which she was sentenced today.

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