Two former Bolivian commanders are sentenced for a coup d’état | News

The former commanders of the Bolivian Air Force (FAB), Gonzalo Terceros, and of the Navy, Palmiro Jarjury, were sentenced this Friday to three years in prison for the Coup d’etat II case.


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The 1st Anti-Corruption Sentencing Court of La Paz issued the sentence against Terceros and Jarjury, who are part of the defendants who were charged together with the former de facto president, Jeanine Áñez, for the actions taken in 2019 to take power unconstitutionally.

According to the decision, both former commanders accepted their guilt for committing the crimes of resolutions contrary to the Constitution and the law, and breach of duties to the degree of complicity.

The sentence was issued after both former commanders expressed their request for an abbreviated trial, which implies admitting their guilt, for which the judge indicated that “the abbreviated procedure is accepted, with the imposition of a punitive sentence of three years in prison.”

The Bolivian Justice specified that Jarjury must serve the sentence in the Patacayama Penitentiary Center, while Terceros will do so in the Palmasola Penitentiary Center.

However, the document states that the accusing party rejected the sentence issued and requested that both former officials be sanctioned as authors and not as accomplices of the events recorded during the coup against then-President Evo Morales.

The tax complaint clarifies that Terceros contributed to the transfer of opposition deputies and senators for the installation of the Assembly sessions and thus promote the succession of Áñez, while Jarjury was charged for also allowing the imposition of national symbols on the then senator.

Among the defendants are, along with Terceros and Jarjury, the former commander of the Armed Forces, Williams Kaliman; the former Chief of Staff, Flavio Gustavo Arce; the former commander of the Army, Pastor Mendieta; as well as the former commander of the Police, Yuri Calderón. So far, Kaliman and Calderón are fugitives.