With the prosecution’s indictment against Chuquisaca Governor Damián Condori, five subnational opposition agencies face trial on various cases relating to alleged criminal offenses prior to taking on their respective mandates.
In addition to Condori, the governors of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho and Tarija, Óscar Montes, as well as the mayors of the cities of La Paz, Iván Arias, and of Cochabamba, Manfred Reyes Villa, have proceedings against him.
It was revealed this week that the State Department charged Condori with an alleged fraud he committed in 2015, when he was not yet governor, over a private debt he had acquired to pay an account with the indigenous fund.
According to journalistic reports, the Chuquisaca government said there was no evidence in the trial and that the Ministry of Public Relations had been “coerced” into charges.
In the Santa Cruz governor’s case, prosecutors are investigating “coup d’état” for crimes of conspiracy and destabilization, according to a Ministry of Public Relations report for his involvement in the Post-election conflicts of 2019 when Evo Morales stepped down from the presidency after he was accused of electoral fraud in the October parliamentary elections.
The public ministry has postponed the Camacho declaration planned for this Thursday in the city of La Paz without a new date. During this declaration, the prosecution must determine the legal position of the governor of Santa Cruz in the event of his release or arrest.
The “coup d’état” was opened by the public prosecutor’s office on a terrorism, sedition and conspiracy lawsuit filed by former MP Lidia Patty (MAS).
On the other hand, the Mayor of La Paz is currently in an open case over an alleged illegal appointment of an agency of the National Telecommunications Company (Entel) as he was in the government of Jeanine Añez. held the office of Minister for Public Works.
On June 18, Judge Claudia Castro ordered Arias’ Arraigo bail for 30,000 Bolivianos and an order to submit a biometric registration every 15 days as a substitute for preventive detention in the trial.
These alternative measures were ratified on August 20 by Rosmery Pabón, a member of the Second Criminal Chamber, who on that occasion refused the house arrest of the Mayor of La Paz requested by the accusing party.
Arias expressed his opposition to the Order of Arraigo against him on the grounds that he has “natural roots” as the elected authority for La Paz Mayor and because it prevents him from traveling to take part in combative action related to the coronavirus -Pandemic.
Another defendant is the governor of Tarija, who was charged by prosecutors on June 29 of alleged irregularities in the construction of a bicicross, motocross, cycling and karting complex when he was mayor of the capital of Tarija.
Montes was charged with the crimes of neglect of duty, uneconomical behavior, state-damaging contracts and improper influence.
The prosecutor pointed out that it was a “ghost work”, the funding of which reached B6 million in 300 calendar days.
The Mayor of Cochabamba belongs to this group of authorities with legal proceedings for having a constitutional protection underway, which Sucre is considering that day to define whether or not the five-year prison sentence imposed on him in 2013 will be ratified or not the alternative street in El Sillar, a project that was developed when he was Prefect of Cochabamba.
If the judge grants him guardianship in the requested constitutional protection on the grounds that he was persecuted in absentia, Reyes Villa has to serve the prison sentence of five years.