Daily Archives: March 2, 2013

Bolivia: The “Rozsa case”

Susana Seleme Antelo writes for El Deber:

The “Rozsa case”

Susana SelemeIs the terrorist-separatist plot thought by the [Central] Government to eliminate the Santa Cruz political-civic autonomy leadership, obstacle to the centralist project, authoritarian, re-re – election of the autocrat President Evo Morales. It takes the name of the infiltrate in the Santa Cruz’ leadership, Eduardo Rózsa, extrajudicially killed in a covert operation, April 16, 2009, at the hotel Las Americas in Santa Cruz.

The final hearing of the process it is now “aired” in this city, after three years of being itinerant: La Paz, Yacuiba, Cochabamba, Tarija, violating due process, let alone to ‘hide’ deletions, smears and correlative irregularities in the numbering on the records. If here was committed the attack on the home of Cardinal Julio Terrazas, which gave rise to the title of ‘terrorism’, here summaries of the cause should have taken place, respecting the natural judge corresponding to this jurisdiction. However, all the members of the Court belong to the judicial offices of La Paz.

The current judge, after reinstalling the case in this city, allowed for the first time the press and relatives of the detainees to the room, to which prosecutors and the representative of the Government opposed. Here the defense of retired General Gary Prado Salmon was heard, [he was] unable to attend other hearings because of his tetraplegic condition. To move the Rozsa case to high altitude cities, put in danger the life of one of the suspects, [who had] a severe heart disease; he has accused the Court of attempted murder.

The proceedings against 39 people, some imprisoned, some in exile, falling down the cracks by the lies and contradictions of the Government, as demonstrated by defense lawyers. All indications point that in the ‘Rózsa case’ there was terrorism, but from the State: the only terrorist acts were committed by its undercover agents, who placed the bomb at the home of Cardinal and stormed the hotel where Rózsa was murdered, the only witness who could have blamed the Government as the author of the ‘plot’, according to statements by a bribed official witness, today on the side of the accused.

The Rozsa case is a Kafkaesque nightmare, as the work of Franz Kafka, the process, that defines it more political than judicial; subject to impotence against the power of an administration of Justice which is pressed by the political power. Worse still, a complacent and judiciary subordinated to political power.