Justice Minister Iván Lima justified the proceedings in the Quiborax proceedings against former President Carlos Mesa by saying that the amnesty decided in 2018 had a deadline and that the chairman of the Citizens’ Community (CC) had not been accepted in the expected time.
The chairman of the CC-Bank and lawyer Carlos Alarcón believed that they wanted to shamefully harm Carlos Mesa because it would distort the figure of the amnesty.
He said that this constitutional figure was “not subject to any procedural, administrative or judicial process”.
The controversy arose after a legislative commission approved a report on Mesa’s responsibilities accusing it of uneconomical behavior. The case dates back to 2004 when the current CC leader was president and canceled a concession to the Quiborax company to exploit the Uyuni salt flats, resulting in arbitration and a payment of $ 42 million agreed in Evo’s tenure.
In 2018, then-President Morales approved a decree, later ratified by the Assembly, amnestying Mesa for the case, as a gesture of jointly facing the Hague trial over the maritime claim. Then the historian expressed his rejection of this decision.
When the trial resumed, Mesa recalled that Morales and the congregation had approved the 2018 amnesty and that their rejection was a testimony.
Lima, for its part, recalled Mesa’s rejection of the amnesty, saying that the 2018 decree set a deadline.
Alarcón accused Lima of trying to justify MPs who want to “rub with the elbow” the amnesty approved by the Legislative Assembly in 2018 process begins responsibility, but these avenues are not yet open.
Alarcón stressed that responsibility for the $ 42 million the state paid out for the Quiborax case falls under the Evo Morales government and an alleged collusion with the opposing party’s lawyers.
“Mesa needs to understand that the amnesty granted by former President Evo Morales required him to perform a single act, to have his ID card with him and to notify the authorities handling the case at the time that he was in favor of the amnesty. ; he ran as a candidate, he will have made a political calculation, we don’t know, but he has decided not to take part. The amnesty ran for 365 days; Tuto Quiroga accepted and Mesa did not, ”added Lima. The Ministry of Justice published Presidential Decree 3682 of 2018, which stipulates a period of validity of 365 days. This standard also stipulates that an application for the amnesty had to be submitted to the competent authority.