The Bolivian public prosecutor’s office has asked former President Evo Morales to testify in support of the sedition and terrorism lawsuit against him. Crimes for which he is accused of ordering the siege of important cities in the Andean country as part of the election protests.
“The judicial authority has ordered the notification (…) so that Mr Morales can appear before the judicial authority,” said Bolivian Attorney General Juan Lanchipa, who added the former president had ten days to make a statement as of reported by the Bolivian news agency ABI.
The La Paz Prosecutor’s Office on July 6th formally charged Morales, who currently resides in Argentina, and requested his preventive detention.
The complaint against Morales is based on a recording published by Jeanine Áñez’s government in which a voice attributed to the former president called on the leader of coca grower Faustino Yucra to “fight the fascists and racists an uphill battle”. “It is time for fight, fight, fight (…) With the people of El Alto and other sectors we will defeat them,” he says.