Jorge Valda, lawyer for former President Jeanine Áñez, condemned not being allowed to contact the former President, who is in preventive detention in Miraflores prison in La Paz.
“The police officers at the entrance (of the prison) tell us that these were ‘overriding orders’. (But) they couldn’t give me a logical explanation as to who would have given the orders,” Valda said on a video broadcast on her social networks .
The lawyer said he went to the correctional facility on Thursday afternoon to visit his client and sign documents, but they refused him admission and when he asked to speak to the prison director, they told him that she was already had gone.
Valda warned that restricting attorneys’ visits violated the ex-president’s right to defense, adding that she would request a report on the matter.
The lawyer also said that the ban coincides with the testimony of Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo, who yesterday demanded that the alleged “coup” should not be closed until the trial against the former president.