After a legislative commission cleared a liability case for the Quiborax case, former President Carlos Mesa believed this claim to be a lie because he was in fact nationalizing the resources of the Uyuni Salt Flats and expelling a “pirate” who was irregularly granted a concession would have.
He denounced that, on the contrary, Evo Morales officials had “complicity” with the company in question to pay him $ 42 million in compensation. It even affected current President Luis Arce, who was Secretary of the Economy, when he approved this payment.
Mesa is charged with inefficient conduct and other criminal offenses for revoking a concession to Chilean company Quiborax to exploit resources in the Uyuni salt flats during his tenure, resulting in arbitration and a payment of $ 42 million from part of the state.
The ex-president said he had nationalized the Salar de Uyuni and declared it a tax country and later canceled the Quiborax company’s concession when he found it was illegal, did not pay taxes, did not respect environmental aspects and declared exports much lower than real ones .
He pointed out that even the subsequent government of Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé had ratified this decision.
He assured that “the pirates” of the Quiborax company had forged their charter to pretend that their majority stake was foreign and thus to force Bolivia to arbitrate.
He denounced that Evo Morales’ attorney general, then Héctor Arce, knew of a forgery (even acknowledged by the author) but failed to make a claim to circumvent international arbitration.
He also pointed out that the authorities at the time, during Morales’ time, did not accept an agreement proposed by Quiborax for compensation of $ 3 million.
He also denounced the fact that Chilean Quiborax lawyers are allowed to work in incredible ways on the premises of the Attorney General’s office to get Bolivia to refrain from trial and release those responsible for the forgery.
In a ruling, however, Bolivia agreed to pay the $ 42 million to Quiborax. Mesa pointed out that former prosecutor Héctor Arce, his successor Pablo Menacho, former mining minister César Navarro and the person who approved the payout, then minister Luis Arce, are involved in the agreement on that payment.
He considered it “scandalous” to make this payment by dropping the charge against forgers.
He said the trial against him was a sign that “the Bolivian Ministry of State is a group of submissive, corrupt MAS fighters and also incompetent from a professional point of view!”
Mesa recalled that in 2018 Evo Morales issued an amnesty in his favor for the Quiborax case and that the congregation had ratified him. At that time, the then president announced as a sign of unity that he would face the trial against Chile in The Hague by sea.
The chairman of the community of citizens said the amnesty was a legal decision of the state and could not be changed.
He confirmed that he had refused this amnesty, but made it clear that this refusal is “testimony” and does not remove the mandatory nature of the decree.
Mesa also pointed out that the amnesty was actually intended to protect those he found guilty of paying $ 42 million to Quiborax: Héctor Arce, Pablo Menacho, César Navarro, and finally Luis Arce.
Two-thirds of the meeting is required to approve the Mesa study. The ex-president asked if the congregation would erase with the elbow what he had hand-signed regarding the amnesty.