The Supreme Court (TSJ) yesterday appointed six of the 42 department members who were vacant as a result of the appeal being lifted with constitutional measures. They are 4 members from La Paz, 1 from Oruro and 1 from Potosí.
The new members of La Paz are lawyers Félix Orlando Rojas Alcón, Claudia Marcela Castro Dorado, José Luis Mamani Moya and Ramiro Julio Ariel Blanco Fuentes.
Eve Carmen Mamani Roldan was selected for Oruro and Yarusca Cardozo Calizaya for Potosí.
The vocal Castro appointed in La Paz was interviewed at the time because he had made several decisions in favor of the former president Evo Morales, the former vice-president Álvaro García Linera and the former ministers Juan Ramón Quintana, Héctor Arce, Carlos Romero and Nemesia Achacollo to the former head the DGAC Celier Arispe and the head of the MAS Faustino Yucra.
Similarly, his colleague Rojas was the one who sent the coca farmer leaders of the Yungas Franklin Gutiérrez and Sergio Pampa, opponents of the MAS government, to prison, Correo del Sur reported.
Claudia Castro also decided to lift the house arrest of the transitional government’s former director of the penal system, Marcel Rivas, and ordered his preventive detention despite not having had a medical release.
In March of last year, the La Paz Council of Justice’s Third Disciplinary Court admitted a lawsuit against La Paz’s third anti-corruption judge, Claudia Castro, for alleged disciplinary offenses for issuing these judgments.
Brújula Digital created a chronology of the cases in which Castro benefited members of the MAS.
On Saturday, November 31, around midnight, he decided in favor of the former Minister Quintana, who had been in the residence of the Mexican embassy since November 2019, as a political asylum seeker.
It was also revealed later that month that Castro had favored Yucra, who was accused of terrorism, by issuing a verdict ordering a new hearing to appeal the MAS-related arrest of the leader. Castro based his decision on the fact that the defendant had no technical defense at the hearing in which his arrest was determined.
After these two actions in the second half of November, it became known that Castro had suspended Achacollo’s house arrest as part of the trial for embezzling around 170 million baht from the Indigenous Development Fund. It was suggested that this decision was made when Castro replaced titular judge Alan Zárate.
Two more judgments were passed by Castro on November 23rd. The first overturned the case and then dropped the case for alleged electoral fraud against Morales, García, Quintana, Romero and Arce. The second has suspended the house arrest of former director of the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) Celier Aparicio Arispe, who was inaugurated in the same position last week.
On May 29, the TSJ elected 28 of the planned 42 members; On June 4, however, he took office only 19 because a compliance court in La Paz suspended the appointment of not just 19 elected but all of them.
The government, through its parliamentarians and Justice Minister Iván Lima, activated a constitutional measure that stopped the appointment of members in the country’s nine departments because La Paz allegedly did not respect performance society and gender equality.