5 Keys to Understanding the Manfred Reyes Villa Case

1. Complaint

The government of Cochabamba condemned Manfred Reyes Villa in 2009 for uneconomical behavior in designing the project known as “El Sillar Alternativo”.

In 2006, the then prefecture, under the direction of Manfred Reyes Villa, provided 1.6 million baht for individual consultations to find a solution to the problem of the El Sillar section of the new motorway to Santa Cruz.

2. The process and the verdict

After three years, on April 12, 2013, the court sentenced Manfred Reyes Villa to 5 years in prison in San Sebastian Prison.

The trial took place in the former prefect’s absence as he was in the United States, a country he left after losing the 2009 general election.

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3. Objection

Manfred Reyes Villa’s defense appealed the judgment to the Supreme Court and brought the last available case before that court: the appeal, which was denied on September 10th.

4. Condemnation

On September 20, Vivian Enríquez, the No. 1 Tribunal, and other judges in the Alternative Sillar Trial, which sentenced Reyes Villa to five years in prison, sentenced Reyes Villa to the offense of uneconomical conduct.

5. Protection of the Constitution

In order to prevent the execution of the judgment, the defense of Manfred Reyes Villa presented the Second Constitutional Chamber of Chuquisaca with an amparo against the judges of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, who rejected the appeal. This protection has been granted and the hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, October 7th.

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