Bolivian cities of La Paz and Santa Cruz (Reuters) On Thursday, state prosecutor Omar Mejillones announced that Bolivian prosecutors were seeking six months of pre-trial custody for opposition Governor Luis Fernando Camacho.
Tensions have been rising between Camacho’s wealthy agricultural base in the region of Santa Cruz and the national administration in La Paz since his arrest on Wednesday and detention in the political capital La Paz.
The prosecution has named “terrorism” as one of Camacho’s charges, other offenses, such as breach of duty, misuse of influence, and attacks on the president and other high-ranking state dignitaries, are also under investigation. That’s what Mejillones said.
The charges stem from the November 2019 overthrow of leftist President Evo Morales. In the wake of violent protests, some of which were led by Camacho, a right-wing civic leader, Morales fled the country after declaring victory in a contested presidential election that would have given him a fourth straight term.
In more recent times, Camacho has supported rallies in Santa Cruz that have urged the national government to finally carry out a long-delayed census. His area would certainly receive additional federal funding and legislative representation if a fresh census were taken.
Absurd headline from the BBC. The majority of the Bolivia is delighted to see this coup leader behind bars, the only 'anger' is from his fellow racists. pic.twitter.com/pY9H7HJnv6
— Ollie Vargas (@OllieVargas79) December 29, 2022
On Wednesday, Camacho’s public relations team published a statement issued by the La Paz prosecutor’s office, in which he denied the allegations against him. On Thursday, Camacho’s team tweeted that the authorities had blocked his attorneys from using a constitutional remedy to liberate him.
The tweets claimed his rights as a citizen had been violated when he was “kidnapped” and illegally transported to La Paz. Mejillones claimed on Thursday that he was “not aware” of the attorneys who had filed the remedy.
Kylie Madry and Raul Cortes reported on this article, and Brendan O’Boyle and Rosalba O’Brien edited it. It should be noted that Reuters has robotically generated this report. ThePrint disclaims all liability for the accuracy of the information included therein.
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