Former Bolivian president found guilty of planning coup

LA PAZ, June 10 (Reuters) – A Bolivian court on Friday found former interim president Jeanine Anez guilty of planning a coup in 2019.

The former interim president, who is 54 years old, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jeanine Anez, who ruled Bolivia for less than a year after Evo Morales left power after disputed elections and violent protests, was arrested in March 2021 on charges of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy.

Jeanine Anez continues to claim her innocence. “I did not manage to become president, but I did what I had to do. I assumed the responsibility of the presidency by obligation, according to the established Constitution”, declared Jeanine Anez to the judge.

“We are concerned about the manner in which this case proceeded and we call on the courts to examine the way in which the proceedings were conducted,” said Cesar Munoz, researcher for the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) in an interview before announcement of the verdict.

(Report Daniel Ramos, written by Carolina Pulice; French version Camille Raynaud)

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