The former president of Bolivia and leader of the opposition civic alliance Carlos Mesa called the legislators of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) “villains” this Wednesday for reactivating a case against him for the responsibility for the Quiborax case, which he borne for terrible was made by the lawyers of the Procuraduría. He assured that the ruling party could not bend its conscience with this process.
“One of the worst infamy of the MAS with ministers who brought the country to its knees in front of a Chilean company and awarded it 42 million for the illegal exploitation of the salar, is being used again to reactivate a process and bow my conscience. Rogue! You’re wrong again, “Mesa wrote on his Twitter account.
One of the worst infamies of the MAS, with ministers kneeling the country in front of a Chilean company and awarding it 42 million for illegally exploiting the salar, is being used again to reactivate a process and bow my conscience. You villains, you’re wrong again
– Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert (@carlosdmesag) September 1, 2021
The Plurinational Legislative Assembly’s Joint Commission on Plural Justice (ALP) this Wednesday approved the report on the process of accountability against Mesa for the Quiborax case.
This legislature also approved the reports of liability proceedings against former President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada in the Fondesif case and against former Government Minister Alfredo Rada in the Calancha case.
Two years ago, the attorney general filed for prosecution against Mesa for the alleged crimes of unconstitutional and unlawful decisions, breach of duty, and lavish behavior.
Mesa was investigated at the request of the Attorney General after the World Bank Arbitration Court ordered Bolivia to indemnify Chile’s Quiborax for the cancellation of its ulexite mining concessions in the Uyuni Salt Flats.
In June 2018, based on the judgment of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which considered a Mesa rule, the government paid 42.6 million in compensation for the concessions in the salar.
The Morales government claimed that Mesa’s decree was inconsistent with legal process, which allowed Quiborax to demand payment for its concessions. Mesa, who was president of the country between 2003 and 2005, had enacted such a measure due to a lack of investment.
For the former president, the then lawyer Pablo Menacho and his predecessors for “the catastrophic negotiations” that were conducted with the mining consortium between 2006 and 2018 are responsible for the defeat of the Bolivian state.