Former coup president intended to flee Bolivia to

Former president of the coup in Bolivia Jeanine Áñez had plans to flee the country towards Brazil in March of this year. According to local press reports, Áñez would depart on a private jet from a farm near the capital of Beni state, Trinidad, where he resided. However, she was surprised by Bolivian authorities on March 12, which would have frustrated the escape scheme.

Also according to local media, Áñez had been warned by the Beni state prosecutor, Marco Cossío, that he would be arrested on March 17, prompting the police to advance the arrest operation to prevent his escape. Cossio resigned on March 19, citing health problems.

Áñez would not be the first employee of the interim administration to flee Bolivian justice for Brazil. Former Government Minister Arturo Murillo would have passed through Brazilian territory until reaching the United States, where he was arrested for money laundering. On the same trip would also be former Defense Minister Fernando López, who possibly remains in Brazil.

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The Executive Committee of the Permanent Assembly on Human Rights (APDH) released a statement last Tuesday (24) in which it said that an escape plan for Áñez is still underway with the support of embassies and the Civic Committee of Santa Cruz , an organization controlled by opponents, in the state bordering Brazil.

According to the document, Luis Fernando Camacho, current governor of the state of Santa Cruz, and Carlos Mesa, former president of Bolivia, would be other protagonists of the coup that would be supporting Áñez’s new plans.

APDH vice president, Edgar Salazar, exposes a rift in the entity by stating that APDH president Amparo Carvajal would work to mobilize different sectors through a human rights discourse to demand the right of house arrest from Áñez on issues of health. However, this could facilitate a new escape plan for the former president, who is also accused of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy.

Salazar stated that the APDH should represent the victims of the Sacaba and Senkata massacres, but Carvajal does not recognize these crimes. Now, a state of emergency has been installed in the entity, which will make state presidents decide on the restructuring of their national direction.

Edition: Arturo Hartmann

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