La Paz.— The former Bolivian interim president Jeanine Áñez yesterday addressed letters to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the delegation of the European Union (EU) in Bolivia, in which she requests the presence of an observation mission so that “ evaluate, objectively ”, your apprehension.
Áñez, detained early in the morning in the Amazon department of Beni, delivered these letters to the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and to the ambassador of the European Union in Bolivia, Michael Doczy, in which he denounced a “systematic violation of human rights in Bolivia through aberrant political persecution ”.
Áñez appealed that both the OAS and the EU witnessed the “fraud in the last elections of 2019”, which gave Evo Morales the winner for a fourth consecutive term, elections that were later annulled in the midst of a political and social crisis in the country.
In the letters, she also denounced that she and her former interim ministers of Energy and Justice, Álvaro Rodrigo Guzmán and Álvaro Coimbra, respectively, who are in the cells of the Special Force to Fight Crime (Felcc), were “illegally transferred to La Paz, with the beginning of an unfair criminal trial ”.
The high representative for EU Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, asked to resolve the accusations against Áñez within justice and without politics.
The former interim president pointed out that the Bolivian authorities have violated the constitutional principle of due process and the constitutional principle of the presumption of innocence. There are also arrest warrants against the former interim ministers of the Presidency, of the transitory government and of Defense, Yerko Núñez, Arturo Murillo and Luis Fernando López, respectively. The last two are not in the country.
“It is not persecution”
“This is not persecution, it is a lawsuit that was filed in December for conspiracy and sedition against Senator Áñez,” said Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo. The ex-president will not be subjected to a liability trial in her capacity as former president, but for her actions as an opposition senator, alleged the Minister of Justice, Iván Lima.
Opposition leaders have called the arrests illegal and have accused the government of leftist President Luis Arce of using justice for “judicial persecution.” Morales said on Twitter “that the authors and accomplices of the dictatorship be investigated and punished.”
The director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, said that “the arrest warrants against Áñez and his ministers do not contain any evidence that they have committed the crime of terrorism, which lends itself to arbitrariness.” The US government urged Bolivia to “defend” inter-American civil rights.