The Prosecutor’s Office of Bolivia begins the negotiations to interrogate Morales in Mexico

El ex presidente boliviano Evo Morales

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales – Ernesto Álvarez / NOTIMEX / dpa


The Prosecutor's Office of Bolivia has begun this Friday the steps to be able to interrogate former President Evo Morales in Mexico, where he is exiled, hours after the Government of the self-proclaimed interim president, Jeanine Áñez, denounced him for sedition and terrorism within the framework The political crisis in the country.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Bolivia begins the negotiations to interrogate Morales in Mexico
The Prosecutor’s Office of Bolivia begins the negotiations to interrogate Morales in Mexico

“The Prosecutor General's Office is requesting the Foreign Ministry (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to make known to Mexico the start of the investigation, so that (…) authorizes the declaration of the former president,” said the head of the Public Ministry, Juan Lanchipa, in a press conference.

The Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo, has announced hours before this Friday they have filed a complaint with the Prosecutor's Office against Morales and against his Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramón Quintana, for crimes of sedition and terrorism, based on evidence that consider “clear.”

Thus, Quintana has been criticized for calling “to turn Bolivia into a Vietnam” and Morales who, from his exile in Mexico, instigated a fence in the main cities to defeat the “coup d'etat” that the former president attributes to Áñez and his or her environment.

The case against Morales is based on an alleged telephone conversation between Morales and Faustino Yucra, the 'cocalero' leader of the Tropic of Cochabamba, in which the indigenous leader orders him to “fight the fascists and racists”.

“It will be time for combat, combat, combat,” says the voice attributed to Morales, who specifically asks his people to make “real fences” so that “no food enters the cities.”

The attorney general has suggested that the complaint could be extended to a drug trafficking crime, due to the involvement of the 'cocalero' leader, according to the ABI news agency.

The Áñez Executive also plans to present this conversation before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to demand prosecution against Morales for crimes against Humanity.

“Those who have to be concerned about the International Criminal Court are Áñez and Murillo, for the crimes against humanity they are committing, by ordering the military to kill my brothers, trying to cover these crimes with an illegal decree,” he said. Morales replied on Twitter, denouncing a “montage.”

Morales resigned on November 10 after the Organization of American States (OAS) confirmed “irregularities” in the presidential elections on October 20, whose official results granted him a fourth term.

Days later he arrived in Mexico, where he is in the capacity of political asylum. The former tenant of the Burned Palace denounces that he has been the victim of a “coup d'etat” and, consequently, does not recognize his interim successor, Áñez.

In this month of protests, more than 20 people have died and more than 700 have been injured. The great conflict in El Alto has prevented fueling La Paz, which has generated a shortage of basic products, including food.

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