Bolivian prosecutor charges two former ministers of the de facto government | News


The Secretary General of the Bolivian State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), Edwin Quispe, announced this Friday that the agency formally charged former Ministers Arturo Murillo and Defense Minister Fernando López, from Jeanine Áñez’s de facto cabinet, for arms trafficking and other crimes.


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“On June 13, the Prosecutors’ Commission of the Prosecutor’s Office specializing in crimes of corruption, legitimation of illicit profits and customs tax crimes presented the formal accusation against the former Ministers of Government and Defense,” Quispe said at a press conference.

Both members of the Áñez government irregularly interned non-lethal weapons in November 2019, during the social conflicts unleashed in the country, according to Quispe.

According to the count of the Prosecutor’s Office, the former officials would have entered 5,000 hand grenades, 2,389 long-range projectiles, caliber 37 millimeters, 560 short-range projectiles, caliber 37 millimeters and 500 sound and flash grenades for exteriors.

“The aforementioned persons have been charged with the commission of the crimes of illicit arms trafficking, possession, carrying and carrying and use of non-conventional weapons and breach of duties in co-authorship, because these people have acted in collusion. in order to fulfill this purpose,” the prosecutor assured.

Similarly, several elements of conviction were collected about the direct and immediate participation of the two involved in a meeting with Áñez and former minister Roxana Lizárraga.

Quispe also explained that the prosecutor’s office is awaiting the hearing of precautionary measures, but with the background, where other investigated did not appear at the summons of jurisdictional authority, it is presumed that it corresponds to the issuance of rebellion.

“We already have added 14 people who are being investigated within this process,” he added. The case was named by the Prosecutor’s Office as “Non-lethal weapons – Ecuador”.

After taking statements from different eyewitnesses and reference witnesses in the investigation, it was determined that the irregular placement of weapons occurred on November 15, 2019, within the framework of a meeting of the Áñez Cabinet and the military and security high command.

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