Former interim president Áñez sentenced to 10 years in prison in Bolivia

Photo of the Presidency of Bolivia by Jeanine Áñez on August 6, 2020 – Bolivian Presidency/AFP/Archives

The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, was sentenced this Friday (10) to 10 years in prison, accused of having carried out a coup against her predecessor, the leftist Evo Morales in 2019, the court announced.

The La Paz Court of First Instance announced its decision on the 10-year “conviction sentence” to be served in a women’s prison in La Paz, three months after the start of the trial and 15 months after the former’s preventive detention. president.

The court, presided over by Judge Germán Ramos, announced at a hearing “the conviction” of the 54-year-old former president “for the crimes of resolutions contrary to the Constitution and violation of duties […]sentencing her to 10 years.

The former president was convicted of failing to comply with duties and resolutions contrary to the Constitution and the laws.

In his closing argument, Añez highlighted that the court “excluded” evidence that ruled out a coup against Morales in 2019, who had been in power for 14 years. “I never sought power,” she said.

The former president previously announced that she would appeal in case of conviction: “we are not going to stay here, we are going to international justice”.

Áñez was tried for her actions as a senator, before assuming the interim presidency of Bolivia, on November 12, 2019.

She succeeded Morales, two days after the president’s resignation, in the midst of a strong social upheaval. Opponents denounced that Morales had committed fraud in the October elections of that year to gain access to a fourth consecutive term, which would run until 2025.

When he became interim president, Áñez repressed the strong opposition of social movements and peasants linked to Morales.

An investigation by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) established that in the first months of his government there were 35 deaths in demonstrations.

Añez’s defense argued that the Plurinational Constitutional Court recognized the legality of Áñez’s mandate and even the Congress, controlled by Morales’ party, approved the extension of his “constitutional” mandate when the covid-19 pandemic forced the postponement of elections in 2020

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