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Former president of Bolivia is sentenced to 10 years in prison

Former president of Bolivia is sentenced to 10 years in prison

The First Sentencing Court of La Paz, in Bolivia, issued this June 10 a sentence of 10 years in prison to former interim president Jeanine Áñez for orchestrating a coup that brought her to power after the resignation of Evo Morales in the midst of a social and political crisis in 2019.

Áñez, 54, was convicted of the crimes of “resolutions contrary to the Constitution” and “breach of duties.” After deliberating for more than eight hours, the Bolivian court determined that she must serve her sentence in the Miraflores prison, where she has been held preventively since March 2021.

Jeanine Áñez, former president of Bolivia, is sentenced to ten years in prison

The Bolivian Prosecutor’s Office said that Áñez, then a right-wing senator, violated the norms that guarantee the constitutional and democratic order after the 2019 presidential elections. The removal of Bolivia’s first indigenous president and his vice president created a power vacuum that allowed Áñez assumes the interim presidency as the second president of the Senate.

For their part, Áñez’s supporters deny that it was a coup and claim that Evo Morales’ alleged abuse of power triggered a legitimate uprising in the streets. In her final statement before the judge, the former official rejected the accusations. Her defense said she will appeal the decision.

Jeanine Áñez, former president of Bolivia, is sentenced to ten years in prison

The Court also sentenced former Armed Forces Commander Williams Kaliman and former Police Commander Vladimir Calderón to ten years in prison. Four other former military chiefs received lesser sentences.

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Written by Ashly le Roi

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