Spanish news agency EFE revealed that the La Paz District Court had ordered Nez, 54, to serve his sentence in Miraflores Women’s Prison, where he has been held for more than a year.
The trial was held mostly by video, from prison, as a precaution against the pandemic. Despite insistent defense requests for the former official to personally participate in the hearings, authorities later argued that there was a “risk of escape”.
Jeanine Añez, who was arrested on March 13, 2021, was prosecuted for her actions as a senator, even before she assumed the interim presidency on November 12, 2019. She was accused of unconstitutionally assuming the Bolivian leadership, after the resignation of Evo Morales, who had been at the forefront of the country’s fortunes for 14 years. .
He also succeeded attorney Morales two days after his resignation, in the context of strong social unrest.
His opponents accused Morales of fraud in the October 2019 elections in order to secure a fourth consecutive term until 2025.
“It was not an easy government, because I had a government, but I never had power, and I had handicaps in the legislature, so it was just a transitional government,” Anez said during the trial.
The former official also accused the court of ruling out evidence that would disprove that he had ousted the former president.
Jeanine Anez also declared that she had no ambition to take over the presidency and that she had only fulfilled her duty.
“I never asked for power,” he said during the sessions, declaring that he would appeal any conviction: “We will not stop here, we will go to international justice.”
He said the “only ambitious person” is former President Evo Morales “who has not respected the constitution” since 2016, when he ignored the results of the referendum that deprived him of a fourth consecutive presidential term, he said.
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