Judge Luis Fernando García on Tuesday, after a four-hour hearing, rejected Jeanine Añez’s motion to lift Jeanine Añez’s preventive detention in the “Coup I” case, for which the ex-president will remain in Miraflores prison.
Añez’s defense complained about the decision and requested additions from the judge. He also appealed the judge’s decision.
Añez was arrested in March this year and charged with the crimes of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy. His preventive detention initially lasted four months during the investigation, then was extended to six months and after this period was extended in October for a further five months.
The ex-president had applied for house arrest in this case. Speaking at the hearing, Añez confirmed that she is a political prisoner and that the judiciary and the public ministry are under the government. He urged the judge to act boldly to restore his freedom.
However, the judge believed that procedural risks persisted, so he decided to ratify Añez’s preventive detention.
Even if Añez’s freedom had been established in this case, the ex-president would have remained in prison as she is also being investigated in the “Coup II” case, in which the crime of unconstitutional resolutions and non-compliance with homework is committed.