Friday, January 27, 2023

Bolivia: Opponent to remain in pretrial detention for 4 months

LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) – A judge has decided to maintain four months of preventive detention for opposition leader and Santa Cruz state governor Luis Fernando Camacho at the request of his defense, after his complainants asked for an increase in preventive detention Detention of four to six months, which was also rejected at a hearing on Thursday. Camacho was sent to jail on 30 December.

“This appellate court finds that citizen Luis Fernando Camacho is required to be held in preventive detention,” Judge Rosemary Lourdes Pabon upheld her decision.

The defense filed an appeal against his imprisonment at the Choconocoro maximum security prison in Altiplano, Bolivia, after a judge determined there was a flight risk and obstruction of justice.

The hearing virtually began on Thursday morning and continued in the afternoon. Camacho linked to prison and mentioned: “I could have left and I didn’t.”

His lawyer, Martín Camacho, expressed at the hearing that his client has a job and an address in Santa Cruz, to which he assured that the preventive detention should be revoked so that he can defend himself in freedom.

Following Camacho’s arrest, protests and roadblocks continued for several days in Santa Cruz province, considered the country’s economic engine and a bastion of opposition to the ruling party.

The government ministry, the attorney general’s office and complainant Lydia Paty, a former senator from the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) government party, made the request at the hearing in which Camacho’s release conditions were decided that his preventive detention be extended from four to six months. be increased. ,

Camacho is being investigated for alleged terrorism for his involvement in the 2019 political crisis that led to the resignation of then-President Evo Morales after elections were deemed fraudulent.

He led massive protests that lasted 21 days and left 37 dead in the streets, forcing Morales to resign after observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) denounced malpractices in the elections. did.

Camacho is a right-wing opposition leader whose political alliance is with Kremos, the second opposition party in the Legislative Assembly.

Two weeks ago, his defense also filed an appeal for release due to health problems, which was rejected. The government assured that his condition is stable and he has received timely medical attention in the jail.

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