Bolivia Detains Former Interim President Jeanine Áñez For "sedition And Terrorism"

The Government of Bolivia has detained Jeanine Áñez in the city of Trinidad, in the Amazon department of Beni, at dawn this Saturday, for her transfer to the city of La Paz. “I inform the Bolivian people that Mrs. Jeanine Áñez has already been apprehended and is currently in the hands of the Police,” Del Castillo said in his Twitter account.

The Bolivian Prosecutor’s Office issued this Friday an arrest warrant against the former interim president for the alleged crimes of “sedition and terrorism”, related to the 2019 crisis that led to the resignation of Evo Morales to the Presidency.

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For her part, Jeanine Añez, denounces on Twitter what she considers “an act of abuse and political persecution” by the Government of the Movement to Socialism (MAS). “He accuses me of having participated in a coup that never happened. My prayers for Bolivia and for all Bolivians,” the former president wrote on Twitter.

Since the afternoon of this Friday, agents of the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office remained outside the residence of Áñez in the city of Trinidad, to proceed to the arrest of the ex-president. His whereabouts were unknown, but now the Minister of Government is scheduled to arrive in La Paz with former President Áñez at the Bolivian Air Force hangar.

Áñez herself has already revealed on her social networks the arrest warrants that were against her and on several of her former officials, such as the former interim energy ministers: Álvaro Guzmán and Álvaro Coímbra of Energy. They were detained this Friday in Trinidad and then transferred on a Bolivian Air Force plane to the international terminal in El Alto.

Both were taken with a strong police guard to the facilities of the Institute of Forensic Investigations (IDIF), in the center of the city of La Paz, and later in a police van to the Prosecutor’s Office, where they are expected to give a statement in the next hours. The arrest warrants were also issued against former government ministers Arturo Murillo, Yerko Núñez of the Presidency, and Fernando López of Defense, various former military and police chiefs.



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