Former President Jeanine Áñez alleged in her statement in the tear gas case before the prosecutor that the top decrees advocating the purchase of these devices were in good faith from the cabinet of the “fast lane”. the request of the then Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo, and the Minister of Defense, Luis Fernando López had been signed.
The ex-president gave her testimony yesterday as a witness in Miraflores prison, where she is being held for the alleged coup.
According to El Deber newspaper, which agreed with some of ezñez’s remarks, the former president said the cabinet of ministers had responded to Murillo and López’s request “in times of urgency due to social conflict” at the end of 2019.
Áñez claimed that this procedure for approving the decrees was legal as it was governed by Decree 29894 of 2009.
The former president assured that this legal basis stipulates that “the minister who requires a draft Supreme Decree in a fast-track process must personally explain to the president and the president of the plurinational state the reasons for carrying out such a procedure”.
“The top ordinances on acquiring gases are not criminal, a cabinet will not approve any unlawful top ordinances. As the president and the cabinet as a whole, we act in good faith, but never so that these resources are misused, ”said the former president.
Prosecutors are investigating an alleged surcharge for anti-riot gear purchases during the transitional government’s tenure. Former minister Arturo Murillo was arrested in the US for money laundering and bribery in purchasing this equipment.