Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo reported this Saturday that the former President Jeanine Áñez had tried to commit suicide in the Miraflores prison in La Paz, according to the “Público bo” portal.
According to the first information that her office received, the ex-president is alive.
This got the government minister out of the rumors that reported about the death of the ex-president, who had been arrested for more than five months.
“I regret to inform the Bolivian people that Ms. Áñez tried to harm herself early this morning (Saturday) but she has a few small scratches on one of her arms but there is nothing to worry about. ” said Castillo.
The director of Felcc, Douglas Uzquiano, confirmed to Red Uno the information from the government minister that Áñez had cut his wrist and forearm.
“It is a suicide attempt,” said the chief of police, adding that the ex-president’s health was being evaluated and “in particular the medication she was taking these days.”
Journalists from Red Uno de Bolivia reported that a truck from the police murder department had arrived at the women’s prison, but the members of this unit and the prison facility refused to explain.
Former President Áñez was arrested in Trinidad last March as part of the alleged coup trial.
Last week he was transferred to public hospitals with visibly deteriorated health.
They ask to take care of their life
On that day, three former presidents of Bolivia urged the judiciary and the prosecutor general to take the necessary measures to preserve the life and physical and mental integrity of former president Jeanine Áñez.
In a statement released by the civic community, former presidents Jaime Paz Zamora, Carlos Mesa and Jorge Tuto Quiroga confirm that the medical reports and moving images that have been circulated show the deteriorating health of the former president.
For this reason, they consider it “vital and urgent to review their legal position and take alternative measures that will enable them to defend themselves and uphold their right to health, life and integrity”.
They warn that their imprisonment can have unfortunate consequences for them, their families and the country, and make it clear that human rights take precedence over all political disputes and that the state through its authorities is obliged to guarantee them to every citizen without discrimination of any kind .