The Bolivian public prosecutor officially asked the Supreme Court (TSJ) this Friday to open three liability proceedings against former interim president Jeanine Áñez.
The Department of Justice reported on its Twitter profile that the prosecution filed the application for liability proceedings so that this body can refer the cases to the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, which, with the support of two-thirds of its members, can grant approval.
The allegations against the ex-president relate to cases related to a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the violation of freedom of expression during the quarantine imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the extension of the concession to Fundaempresa.
As for the IMF loan, the decree approved the use of $ 327 million (more than € 275.4 million) by the agency to fight the pandemic in Bolivia. The current executive returned it, arguing that the Legislative Assembly “failed to explain how” the loan was acquired and stressed the “economic damage” it was doing to Bolivia, “El Deber” reports.
Regarding the violation of freedom of expression, the case focuses on a decree that “reinforces” the fight against COVID-19. However, a subsection of an article of the same noted a penalty for anyone who “misinformed or created uncertainty” in the population in connection with the pandemic.
The third judgment corresponds to the public registry concession to Fundaempresa signed by the former president and her cabinet.
The prosecution granted these three requirements, submitted by the Justice Department, despite the fact that the portfolio contained a fourth, which was rejected for “lack of other justification elements”. These were the orders Áñez would have issued as president so that state forces would not allow Bolivians from Chile to enter during the pandemic.
If they get the support of the Assembly, the cases can go to the Supreme Court even though the ruling Movement to Socialism (MAS) does not have two-thirds of the required votes and needs the opposition to approve the accusatory proposals until ‘La Razón ‘.
On the other hand, the prosecutor’s office has asked Áñez for next Monday, May 31st, to make his “expanding” statement on the investigation into the “coup” case.
The former president used her right of silence on her first appearance on the case, which opened following a complaint from former MAS MP Lidia Patty for the November 2019 events that ended with Evo Morales’ early departure from the presidency of the country .
Áñez, who is in Miraflores prison in La Paz, was arrested early in the morning of March 13, 2021 and charged with terrorism, riot and conspiracy in the context of the case.