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Bolivia's former interim president sentenced to 10 years in prison

The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, was sentenced this Friday to 10 years in prison for violating duties and resolutions contrary to the Constitution when she took power. in 2019, in the midst of a social and political crisis in the country.

After deliberating for more than eight hours, the La Paz Court of First Instance ruled that Áñez serve her sentence in Miraflores prison, where she has been detained for more than a year.

The court also announced a sentence of years in prison against the ex-commander of the Armed Forces, Williams Kaliman, and the ex-commander of the police, Yuri Calderón, whose whereabouts are unknown.

This Friday morning, the court judges went to the prison to collect Áñez’s last statement and then did the same in the prison where two former military leaders are accused of helping the interim former president to come to power.

With these steps, the court closed phase d and debate of the trial, and in the early afternoon, the judges announced that they would “deliberate without interruption” until “the corresponding resolution” was issued.

Áñez had to attend the trial virtually from prison, which , according to the authorities, was a preventive measure due to the pandemic, although they later argued that there was a “risk of flight”, despite insistent requests from her defense that she could attend the hearings in person.

“It wasn’t an easy government because I had the government, but I never had power, I had blockades in the Legislative Assembly, so it was simply a transitional government,” Áñez said in his testimony before the judge.

The former interim president stated that she did not have the “ambition” to assume the presidency and that she only fulfilled her duty and that, in her opinion, the “only ambitious” was former President Evo Morales, “who did not respect the Constitution ” since 2016, when he ignored the results of a referendum that aspiration for a fourth consecutive term.

During the hearings, the former interim president presented several health problems. Jeanine Áñez was arrested on March 13 March 2021 in an operation led by Bolivian Police Commander General Jhonny Aguilera in her hometown of Beni and was later taken to La Paz in a military plane under a strong police system.

In principle, the Justice opened a process for the crimes of sedition, terrorism and conspiracy due to the post-election crisis of 2019, which ended up leading to the resignation of then president Evo Morales, which for the ruling party was a “coup d’état”. which the former interim president was sentenced today.

Jeanine Áñez assumed the interim command of the country as second vice president of the Senate on November 12 2019, two days after the resignation of Morales and all the officials in the presidential succession line, and in the midst of a political and social crisis that erupted after the elections in October of that year, marked by allegations of fraud. in favor of the then president.

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