LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Former Bolivian interim President Jeanine Áñez was sentenced to 10 years in jail Friday on fees linked to her assumption of workplace in 2019 amid violent protests that led to the resignation and exile of her predecessor, Evo Morales.
Áñez was convicted by the courtroom of dereliction of obligation and appearing towards the structure when she proclaimed herself president in what Morales and his celebration have referred to as a coup.
Áñez’s supporters deny it was a coup, saying Morales’ alleged abuse of energy triggered a legit rebellion within the streets. The ouster of Bolivia’s first Indigenous president and his vice chairman created an influence vacuum that allowed Áñez to imagine the interim presidency as second president of the Senate, they declare. The protection stated she’s going to attraction the choice.
“I didn’t carry a finger to turn into president, however I did what I needed to do to pacify a rustic that Morales left convulsed as he fled,” Áñez stated from the jail the place she is being held.
Morales stepped down following nationwide protests over suspected vote-rigging in an Oct. 20 election, which he claimed to have gained to realize a fourth time period in workplace. Morales has denied there was fraud. The protests left 37 useless and compelled Morales to take refuge in Mexico.
His celebration, identified by its initials in Spanish MAS, returned to energy in 2020 elections and Morales has since returned to Bolivia.
The trial units a “historic precedent” towards impunity, stated MAS deputy Juan José Jáuregui.
The courtroom additionally sentenced former Armed Forces commander Williams Kaliman and ex-police commander Vladimir Calderon to 10 years in jail. 4 different former navy chiefs obtained lesser sentences.
Outdoors the jail the place she was being held about 50 folks held posters protesting Áñez.