The Attorney General’s Office is waiting for the Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP) to approve or not the ruling on former President Carlos Mesa’s responsibilities in the Quiborax case; Prosecutor Juan Lanchipa recalled that the former authority had refused the pardon ordered by Evo Morales’ government.
The ex-president was indicted in the case of the Chilean company Quirobax, which the Bolivian state had to compensate with just over 42 million dollars for suspending a mining concession he held during his tenure in Bolivia. The arbitration that Bolivia lost was conducted under the government of Evo Morales.
“We are waiting for the plenary session of the Plenary Legislative Assembly to make the decision on whether or not to approve the process of responsibilities. In the meantime we cannot demonstrate, we are waiting for the decision of the legislature, ”Lanchipa told the media in Sucre.
Last week the Joint Judiciary Commission approved the report on the liability case against Mesa, the document was sent to the Presidency of the Legislative Assembly that two-thirds of the votes will approve or reject the indictment.
In September 2018, President Evo Morales granted former Presidents Jorge Quiroga and Carlos Mesa an amnesty to face the phase following the Hague decision on Bolivia’s maritime demand without obstacles and unity.
Mesa made no use of this provision, the prosecutor Lanchipa reminded that the pardon is not compulsory, but this is not the case.
“The government-issued pardon is not mandatory for access, it is a right they had to access and they did not. That means they did not consent and stated that they will not exercise it” said Lanchipa.
Justice Minister Iván Lima stated that the amnesty lasted 365 days and then indicated that Mesa should be prosecuted for not accepting the exception to his legal position.