Ex-president handed jail time for ‘coup’

Jeanine Anez was found guilty of violating Bolivia’s constitution after President Evo Morales fled the country

Jeanine Anez, former President of Bolivia, has been sentenced for 10 years to prison. “coup”Evo Morales was her predecessor on the left.

Anez was found guilty in La Paz by the court for making illegal statements. “decisions contrary to the constitution” and of “dereliction of duty.”

Supporters and her defense team argued that Anez was denied her rights and the trial had been motivated by politics. Anez’s lawyer, Luis Guillen, promised to appeal the verdict and seek justice in “international organizations.”

Ivan Lima, Justice Minister, denied the accusations of political prosecution. “We are a government that respects the rules of due process, and that extends democratic rule to all political actors,”He made the comment in an article for The New York Times.

Anez, who was the deputy speaker of Senate, was elected interim president in November 2019. This came after Morales quit and fled Bolivia amid protests about alleged vote-rigging. Lawmakers from Morales’ Movement for Socialism (MAS) party boycotted the session.

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Morales, who was Bolivia’s president for almost 14 years claimed that there had been a coup against him government.

MAS won the general elections in October 2020 and returned to power. Bolivia’s current president, Luis Arce, is a MAS member.

Anez was taken into custody in March 2021. During the trial, she argued that she had “followed every step” of the constitution when assuming power in 2019. “I feel very proud and I would have done it again if I had the opportunity,”Sie said.

He was in pre-trial confinement and went on a hunger strike of two weeks. She was also briefly admitted to hospital for health reasons. She tried to end her life in February due to health concerns. “severe depression,” according to Anez’s daughter, Carolina Ribera.

The court sentenced Yuri Calderon (former police chief) and Williams Kaliman Romero (former military chief), to 10 year imprisonment in relation to the 2019 events. Both are fugitives.



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