Trial against Bolivian Ex Prefect Announced

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La Paz, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The Sixth Court of Sentence in La Paz confirmed on Wednesday that the trial against Pando”s ex prefect Leopoldo Fernandez, accused of a farmer massacre in 2008, will be held on May 4.

  According to that source, 26 other people will appear in the hearing, including collaborators of the ex prefect that were involved in killing of around 18 farmers in the Porvenir and Filadelfia localities.

The judges also called several expert witnesses that will present details of that massacre.

The lawyer of the Fostering Committee of the trial against Fernandez, Freddy Paneque, who is in prison in La Paz, reiterated a previous report by his colleague Mary Carrasco, about actions to frighten several witnesses that live in that Amazonian region.

The judge said that due to that reason, they talked with the members of several institutions and social organizations from Pando to guarantee security to the harassed people.

On September 11, 2008, there was a farmer massacre in the Amazonian Porvenir locality by armed civil groups that were readying to hold a meeting in Cobija, the capital, after occupying the regional offices of the National Agrarian Reform Institute.

One day later, the government ordered state of siege all over the department and regained control of the airport.

To the Attorney General’s Office, ex Prefect Fernandez is the main person responsible for those violent events.

Representatives of multilateral authorities of the United Nations, the Union of South American Nations and the organizations of American States that travelled to that region decided that the farmers were encircled and then massacred.

To the Bolivian Executive, those crimes were part of a frustrated civil-military coup, plotted by the opposition prefects of Pando, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Beni, and Tarija.

Source: Prensa Latina


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