Bolivia Passes Accountability Trial Act

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La Paz. Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Chamber of Deputies of Bolivia passed on Tuesday early morning the Accountability Trial Act for State presidents and vice presidents and high authorities of the Judicial Body. Despite of counting on an overwhelming majority of the deputies’ support, the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) gave in regarding the trial in absentia item, which tried to prevent the accused to avoid justice by fleeing from the country.

Opposition deputy Carlos Subirana, developer of the paragraph despite of his group’s rejection, regretted the elimination of article 10, which, according to him, was very important to pursue former authorities involved in corruption acts.

On the other hand, MAS President Rebeca Delgado explained that they decided to obviate the measure to disprove the false accusation of the opposition that the paragraph promoted political persecution and contravened the international legislation.

However, she assured the Bolivian Information Agency (ABI) that the bill guarantees the follow-up of the crimes committed by high authorities of the Executive and Judicial bodies.

Source: Prensa Latina

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