, Dec 8 () –
The Bolivian Justice has denied this Tuesday to former President Jeanine Áñez the request to end the preventive detention she is fulfilling in the case of ‘coup d’état I’ accused of sedition, terrorism and conspiracy for her role in the post-election crisis of 2019.
Judge Luis Fernando García has made this decision after a hearing of more than four hours in which the defense of the former president has requested house arrest, reports the Bolivian media ‘La Razón’.
In his speech, Áñez has demanded that the judge “act with courage and right” in the face of the “crisis of objectivity and loyalty” and the “total submission of the Judicial Power and the Prosecutor’s Office to the Government.”
“I am a political prisoner and I want my freedom back,” claimed the former president, whose defense has supported her request to go to home detention considering that the procedural risks, such as escape and obstruction of the investigations, were not substantiated at his arrest.
García has chosen to maintain the procedural risks, a decision that Áñez’s defense will now appeal and for which he has requested complements. Had she been released, the ex-president would have continued in prison as well, since she has to serve another preventive arrest order for the “coup d’état II” case.
Áñez has been in preventive prison since March 15, accused of sedition, terrorism and conspiracy for her role in the framework of the post-election crisis of 2019. Bolivian authorities are investigating the case, known as the ‘coup d’état’ case, after the complaint of the ex-deputy of the Movement To Socialism (MAS) Lidia Patty.
POLITICAL CRISIS IN BOLIVIA
Bolivia had previously held a general election in which former President Evo Morales was proclaimed the winner, but his main rival, Carlos Mesa, who came second, denounced a “gigantic fraud.”
The parties agreed to allow the Organization of American States (OAS) to conduct an audit with which it detected “irregularities.” Morales subsequently resigned amid a wave of violence that left more than 30 dead. Jeanine Áñez, then ‘number two’ of the Senate, proclaimed herself interim president to fill the power vacuum.
However, Bolivia once again held presidential elections on October 18, 2020, a date postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the elections, Arce, candidate of Morales’s party, Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS), won in the first round with more than 55 percent of the vote.