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Bolivia: After attempted coup: Three ex-generals in custody

Bolivia: After attempted coup: Three ex-generals in custody
Bolivia: After attempted coup: Three ex-generals in custody

After the foiled coup in Bolivia, high-ranking ex-military officers are being charged with suspected terrorism. All of them must be remanded in custody.

After the failed coup attempt in Bolivia, a judge has ordered three former generals to be remanded in custody for six months. This is in response to a request from the Attorney General’s Office, several media outlets reported on Friday (local time). “The judge’s decision will undoubtedly set a precedent and is a good sign that the investigation can continue,” said prosecutor César Siles. The Attorney General’s Office charges the general with terrorism and armed insurrection against the security and sovereignty of the state.

The former commanders of the army, Juan José Zúñiga Macías, and of the navy, Juan Arnez Salvador, as well as another former general, Edison Alejandro Irahola Caero, face prison sentences of 20 years.

On Wednesday, a coup failed in La Paz. Renegade soldiers occupied the central square in armored vehicles and entered the government palace. President Luis Arce replaced the entire leadership of the armed forces. The new heads of the armed forces then ordered the withdrawal of the troops.

A total of 21 military personnel were arrested after the coup attempt, Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo said at a press conference on Friday. Among the “key people” arrested was the driver of the tank that was used to destroy the door of the government palace, said del Castillo.

Source: Stern

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