Former President Jeanine Áñez confirmed that the government, through Deputy Justice Minister César Siles, had openly lied to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) when she referred to her case and detention.
The controversy arose after the President of the Committee, Claude Heller, at the meeting of the CAT 25 meeting of the definition.
Then Vice Minister Siles admitted that proceedings against Áñez for terrorism and sedition had initially been initiated, but were “paralyzed” while the Constitutional Court determined whether these crimes were adapted to the Magna Carta. It also pointed out that the trial against Añez over alleged irregularities in his inauguration in 2019 for unconstitutional resolutions and breaches of duty had been committed.
For Áñez, the Bolivian government acted “with disloyalty, without transparency or honesty” before the UN committee, since it had been imprisoned since March precisely for the crimes of terrorism and sedition.
“The representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the lawyer César Siles, Vice Minister for Justice and Institutional Transparency, lied and lied openly when he said that I, Jeanine Áñez Chávez, have not yet been arrested and imprisoned for the crimes of terrorism and sedition became that this process is not in force to this day and that my detention for the process is conditional on constitutional, legal and unlawful decisions, ”Añez said during a court hearing on Tuesday.
The case against Áñez for terrorism, sedition and conspiracy is framed in the “Coup I” case, while the crimes of unconstitutional resolutions and breaches of duty in the “Coup II” case, for which the ex-president has already made a formal charge. In both proceedings, his preventive detention was ordered.
Áñez was arrested in March for terrorism, sedition and conspiracy. Then the second proceedings for breaches of duty and unconstitutional decisions were opened.
He emphasized that the procedure for unconstitutional decisions had been split off from the first case and assessed this as a “deviation”.
At the hearing on Tuesday, Áñez precisely called for the lifting of preventive detention in the event of terrorism and sedition. He urged the judge to act boldly as, in his opinion, the judiciary and the state ministry were in full submission to the government.
“I am a political prisoner and I want the judge to give me my freedom back,” he concluded.