In the presence of the relatives of Mario Salvatierra and Marcelo Terrazas, the deadly victims of the October 2019 conflicts in the Cofadena district, the Commission of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) in Montero presented the report on the events in the Santa Cruz department.
According to the El Deber report, the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) government was named as one of those responsible for impunity in the case, for which it proposed a reopening of the investigation.
In the first part of the presentation, Commissioners Magdalena Correa and Marlon Weichert explained the study and, after a detailed description of their work, expressed the need for an expansion of the investigation and of technical tests, which were rated as “weak”.
Both experts said the State Department should consider reopening the investigation to learn more details about the citizen’s death.
They also noted that progress in identifying responsibilities has been minimal and so they need to appoint professional prosecutors and key investigative teams with independence, autonomy and resources.
The GIEI report counted three dead in Montero in the 2019 conflicts. The Friendship Bridge and the Cofadena district were the sites of clashes in 2019.